Couple arrested after police rescue a dog locked in the trunk of rental car

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In Panama City, Florida a couple visiting the Panama City Mall have been charged with animal cruelty after authorities had to break into their rental car and rescue a puppy locked inside of the trunk on Sunday afternoon.

According to witnesses Kylee Underwood and her friend, Brian Powell, they had pulled into the parking lot to meet friends for lunch when they spotted a man grabbing a puppy by the neck,, hitting her several times and then throwing the defenseless pooch into the trunk of the car while the other members of the family walked into the mall.

“…Us and a couple other people saw him doing this and he just stared right back at us,” Kylee wrote in her post on Facebook. “As soon as he walked off, the cops were called. PCPC showed up and did their job!!! They busted the window to the rental car (they were visiting from Mississippi) and had to pull down the backseat to get to the trunk. They then had to pull out a trunk full of luggage to even be able to reach the dog who was shoved into a kennel that was way too small for her!! By this time, the dog had been in the trunk for over 30 minutes. The cops went inside and arrested the couple who owned the dog, and they will be going to jail!! And the pup is on its way to animal control. People are seriously so ignorant.! Thankful that the puppy is okay though!!!”

The puppy was reportedly taken to PetSmart for help. Shee has been described in good physical shape and will be staying with animal control. The couple were taken to the Bay County Jail.

Be the voice for those who cannot speak. Many thanks to Kylee and Brian. You are heroes.

(Photos of dog locked in hot trunk of car Kylee Underwood Facebook)

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16 replies
  1. slv says:

    Thank you for helping this poor little pup!!! Who knows what other abuse she had to take before this incident. I’m sure you saved her life.

  2. Melissa Gurley says:

    Thank the people that spoke up and called police thank you for being this pups voice and that you the the police officers for helping this poor pup you should all be proud of yyourselfs

  3. Adrienne says:

    Only the beginning of this heat wave and more to come.This is just the beginning of these horrible cases of dogs left in cars to just die. Hope these people stay in jail for a while for what they did and never allowed to own any pet ever again.

  4. Marni Montanez says:

    So glad their are people like these two heroes out there and so glad the cops took this seriously. that poor puppy. How much did this sweet thing have to endure before this

  5. Bunny Peters says:

    OMG, WTF is wrong with people??? It should be common knowledge that leaving ANYONE in a hot car (pets or babies or elderly family members) is a terrible thing to do (& can easily lead to death)…..

    Thank you very much to all of these wonderful, caring rescuers for finding and saving this precious little treasure……. I hope this precious little treasure makes a full recovery and is adopted into a loving furever home where she will be treated as a beloved family member…..

    As for the POS’s who abused this precious little treasure…… They will burn in Hell forever for their cruelty……. let’s hope that they get there ASAP after suffering a terrible death in pain, alone, afraid and unloved…….

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  7. pennysdachshunds says:

    That little Girl Pup would have perished in a horrible fashion from suffocation If the Wonderful people that watched the Brutal Fashion she was slapped around and placed in a Death Box!!! these bastards need to be placed in jail for a minimum of a year each !!! Won’t happen BUT IT sure as hell should!!!! I hope this Pup gets a good and loving home that she deserves…

  8. Nancy Raymond says:

    I, among many others want to shout out a huge THANK YOU to Kylee Underwood and Brian Powell for stepping up and calling the police on these hunks of sewer sludge for their cruelty towards an innocent defenseless puppy. You did not walk away, you did the right thing and your actions saved the life of an innocent defenseless puppy. I applaud you both – we could use more people like you who abhor animal abuse and DO something about it. I hope the maggots that did this get their just dues – a date with an 18 wheeler – they deserve to be splattered all over the highway.

  9. PetMom says:

    She still isn’t safe. Now she needs to be rescued from animal control or she will die at their hands instead.

  10. Red says:

    Kylee and Bryan….. THANK YOU FOR BEING A HERO to that poor dog. Had he even lived through being locked in a hot truck… he would have definitely had a horrible life. THANK YOU and God Bless you two!!

  11. Judy Scott says:

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – A man and woman visiting the Panama City Mall from Mississippi are facing aggravated animal cruelty charges after Panama City police rescued a puppy locked inside of a car trunk Sunday afternoon.

    Police said Maurice Sanders was with Keshanna Thompson and family when he hit the dog several times, put it in a kennel, and then closed the kennel inside the trunk of a car. check out the Panama City WJHG website for photos of these jerks.


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