Deputies rescue dog from hot car, find drug stash
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies checking out reports Sunday of a dog locked in a hot car in West Hollywood discovered bundles of cash and several sealed bags of marijuana.
When deputies responded to the call in the 1200 block of Ogden Drive, they found a German pointer inside.
With interior vehicle temperatures in warm weather known to reach 160 degrees, deputies entered the red 1993 Nissan Pathfinder to rescue the dog. While seeking the dog owner's identity, they opened a bag inside the vehicle and discovered several bundles of marijuana, according to sheriff's officials. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a large amount of cash.
The German pointer was safely removed and placed in the care of Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control personnel. Sheriff's investigators say the dog is in good condition.
Narcotics detectives estimate that the vehicle contained more than $10,000. The marijuana inside the vehicle is estimated to be worth about $24,000 in street value. The vehicle, which has Arizona license plates, was impounded as evidence.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Map shows approximate location of incident in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times / Mapping L.A.