Authorities have arrested the man who is suspected of stealing a minivan in Studio City, Calif., and then leaving the family's dog, who had been inside of the vehicle at the time that it was taken, to die, reported Friday's KTLA 5 News.
On Friday, the LAPD’s Animal Cruelty Task Force released a photo of the suspect and hours later, an arrest was made.
According to NBC Los Angeles, the dog's owner, Nayo Mateo, spotted the suspect near the same location where the stolen Honda Odyssey was abandoned with the deceased family dog inside.
The suspect, 29-year-old Danny Fis, a transient, was still wearing the same clothes that were shown in the surveillance images.
Fis was arrested on felony animal cruelty charges.
Fis allegedly nodded yes when asked if he was aware that a dog was in the back of the stolen vehicle.
Mateo's dog, a 10-year-old Labrador retriever named "Maru," was sleeping in the back of the Honda Odyssey at the time that the vehicle was stolen August 17.
Maru's guardian had left the air-conditioning on inside of the minivan to keep the dog cool while he ran inside of a nearby store to pick up his wife and young daughter.
Within moments of walking away from the minivan, it was stolen.
Two days after the theft, the van, with the body of Maru still inside; the windows to the vehicle were rolled up and it is believed that Maru died from heat stroke.
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