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Dog who was inside of stolen vehicle has been found dead

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According to Wednesday's publication of the Orange County Register, a dog who was inside of a vehicle that was stolen from a gas station parking lot in Orange, Calif., has been found dead.

"Miles," a rescued Cocker spaniel/Papillon mix, who belonged to Larry Burgoon, was found dead inside of the 2014 Honda Civic which was stolen in late March.

Police discovered the stolen vehicle, and the body of the dog, on Wednesday morning at a business complex at East Lincoln Avenue and North Glassell Street.

Burgoon is devastated over the loss of his dog, but after two weeks of fruitless searches, he is relieved to finally have closure.

Police are dusting the vehicle to see if they can retrieve any prints which might lead them back to the people responsible for the theft, and the dog's death.

Miles' death is eerily reminiscent of the death of a yellow Labrador retriever named "Maru," who was taken in the theft of a Honda Odyssey in Studio City, Calif., in August 2013; Maru was found dead inside of the recovered vehicle as well.

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