Man Accused of Leaving Dog to Die in Stolen Van Arrested

STUDIO CITY, Calif. (KTLA) — Police arrested a man who allegedly left a dog to die inside a stolen van just hours after his picture was released by authorities Friday.

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The LAPD’s Animal Cruelty Task Force released a photo of the man they believe stole a Honda Odyssey from a Studio City mall parking lot on Aug. 17.

The unidentified man was taken into custody near a golf course on Whitsett Avenue after being spotted by the owner of the dog, police said.

He was expected to be booked for animal cruelty.

Earlier Friday, the LAPD’s Animal Cruelty Task Force released a photo of the man they believe stole a Honda Odyssey from a Studio City mall parking lot on Aug. 17.

The van’s owner told police he left the air conditioner running for the dog while he entered a clothing store to get his family.

When he returned, the van and the dog were gone.

Police found the van two days later with the windows rolled up.

The family dog, a yellow Labrador named Maru, was found dead inside the abandoned vehicle.

missing-dog-labAnimal control investigators determined Maru died of heat exhaustion.

The dog-adoption agency Mutt Match L.A. was offering a $2,000 reward in the case.

A $5,000 reward was also being offered by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at (213) 486-0450.

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