LYNCHBURG, Va. — A Lynchburg Police Department officer helped rescue a dog showing signs of distress from a hot car Monday.
According to police, a report about a dog left unattended in a vehicle was made at the River Ridge Mall at 3411 Candler's Mountain Road around 4:52 p.m.
An officer found the dog in distress due to the warm weather and was unable to locate the owner of the vehicle.
Police said the officer used an "unlock kit" to free the dog without damaging the vehicle.
The dog was taken the the Lynchburg Humane Society and was not injured.
The owner of the vehicle, Levi Alfred Heaton, III, was later located and issued a summons on suspicion of failing to adequately care for a companion animal.