Cops Free Dog from Hot Car, Find $24,000 Stash

After freeing a German Shorthaired Pointer from a car on a hot day, sheriff's deputies discovered a bag containing $24,000 worth of marijuana and $10,000 cash.

Anneli Rufus  |  May 16th 2012


That’ll teach ’em to leave a dog locked inside a car with its windows all rolled up on a warm day in a town whose residents include a high quotient of passionate pet lovers.

On Sunday, sheriff’s deputies were called out to rescue a German Shorthaired Pointer from inside a red Nissan Pathfinder with Arizona license plates that was parked on a West Hollywood street, according to CBS-Los Angeles. The temperature that day was only 72 degrees, but passersby were concerned that it might be significantly hotter inside the car. 

Finding the dog in good condition, the officers placed it safely into the custody of Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control personnel. As no one had yet returned to the vehicle, the officers then reasoned that opening a large bag they found inside the car might help them to identify its owner and let him or her know where the animal had been taken. 

To their surprise, the deputies found several bundles of marijuana weighing seven pounds and with a street value of about $24,000. That wasn’t all: Also in the bag was $10,000 in cash.

The marijuana, the cash, and the car were promptly impounded as evidence in what had shifted from an animal-safety issue to something far more felonious.

Let’s hope someone takes care of that Pointer if its owner winds up behind bars.

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