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Dog Trapped In Car For Two Days After Owners Are Arrested For Domestic Violence

| by Brendan Kelly
Sunny The Dog.Sunny The Dog.

A dog trapped inside a car for two days has been rescued and is safe, thanks to his concerned neighbors.

Janice Seitzinger, who lives at the Cedar Hill Condominiums in Raleigh, North Carolina, told ABC 7 that she was walking her dog on Sept. 27 when she noticed her neighbors' dog, Sunny, locked inside his owners' SUV.

After speaking to other neighbors, Seitzinger said she realized Sunny may have been left in the car for much longer than she thought.

Raleigh police confirmed they responded to a domestic dispute at the condos earlier that day, ABC 7 reports.

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Emmanuel Valladares, 25, and Laura Julieth Araque, 26, were both arrested that morning, with both of them showing signs of injury. Valladares was charged with assault on a female and Araque was charged with simple assault.

A police representative said the responding officers didn't know that the dog was locked inside the car when they cleared the scene. 

"He didn't have any water, he didn't have food, the windows were not even cracked," Seitzinger said. 

A crowd of neighbors formed around the SUV and they called for help. Police were alerted about Sunny around 9 a.m. on Sept. 28. They said they couldn't break a window to get into the car because the dog did not appear to be distressed.

According to neighbors, animal control officers arrived at around 10:30 a.m., left a warning note on the vehicle, and left. 

Around 2:30 p.m., when neighbor Kathy Garcia came home from work, she said police officers were still trying to save Sunny. She added that police told her they could not legally break into the car because the weather was cool.

Police even tried calling a mechanic to get into the SUV.

"There was firemen and policemen all over that BMW," Seitzinger said. "Apparently BMW is very hard to break into because they couldn't get in, it was hours and hours and hours."

Somebody suggested to police that maybe the dog's owners had the keys at the jail. Police looked into it, and the keys were with the owners. 

When police got the keys from the owners, Sunny was removed from the car and taken to a shelter by animal control. 

Sunny is reportedly still in the shelter, but neighbors said they hope he will be reunited with his owners soon.

Sources: ABC 7, TWC News / Photo credit: Submitted via TWC News