Lynchburg officer frees dog left in hot car at River Ridge Mall; owner charged

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – An officer with the Lynchburg Police Department safely rescued a dog that was left in a vehicle on Monday afternoon at River Ridge Mall.

According to police, they responded to the mall shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday, July 5 for a report of a dog left unattended in a vehicle. The arriving officer noticed that the dog was showing signs of distress due to the warm conditions.

Several attempts to find the owner were unsuccessful, so the department says the officer was able to free the dog without damaging the vehicle using an “unlock kit.”

The dog was then taken to the Lynchburg Humane Society and was unharmed.

As the investigation into the incident continued, the officer was able to identify and track down the owner, Levi Alfred Heaton III, who was issued a summons for failing to adequately care for a companion animal.

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