07/15/2013 07:15 EDT | Updated 07/15/2013 07:16 EDT

Victoria Dog 'Rescued' From Hot Car


A couple who spotted a hot dog left in a car outside a Victoria restaurant are in hot water with the police after they allegedly broke into the car and took the puppy away with them.

Victoria police say they received a call Sunday night from a woman who said that a puppy had been stolen from her car which had been parked outside a local restaurant. She reported that a couple eating at the same restaurant had broken into the car and "rescued" the dog, taking it away with them.

The couple were spotted by a restaurant staff member at a mall, who overheard them deciding to name the puppy after the establishment he was "rescued" from, a Victoria Police Department press release states.

The couple were traced and the dog brought into Victoria PD headquarters, whereupon officers discovered the original complainant had been dog-sitting for the puppy's owner while she is away. After being contacted by police, the owner asked that a safe place be found for her pet until she returns.

Both the couple who allegedly took the dog and the dog-sitter who allegedly left it in a hot car could face charges, the press release states.

Despite numerous public safety warnings warnings, there have been many children and dogs left in cars this summer. A three-year-old girl died after being left in a baking hot car in Edmonton earlier this month.

After news that 20 children have allegedly died in hot cars in the U.S. this summer, parents Justin and Jessica Marson related their experience. The couple say a misunderstanding between them led to them leaving their daughter, then 9 months old, in their car for three hours, causing irreparable brain damage.

Walmart allegedly fired two employees for reporting customers who had left dogs in vehicles outside the stores.

Last year, model Elisabetta Canalis teamed up with PETA to show how heat affects an animal left in a hot car.

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