WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — A teenager who left a dog inside a vehicle with the windows closed at Busch Gardens struck a police officer who responded to rescue it, according to James City County Police.
The incident happened Monday around 4:45 p.m. in the park’s France parking lot, police say. An officer spotted a young pit bull in distress inside a vehicle that wasn’t running with the windows closed.
Police say the officer attempted to locate the owner before opening the vehicle with a door opening tool. The owner then showed up and confronted the officer, before trying to walk away.
When the officer tried to detain him, police say the teen struck the officer and struggled as he was being taken into custody. Both the teen and officer sustained minor injuries, according to police.
The teen was taken to Merrimac Detention Center and charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana and animal cruelty.
The dog is currently in the custody of Animal Control, police say.
Busch Gardens released this statement about the incident:
“Monday afternoon, Busch Gardens was notified about a dog that was left in an unattended guest vehicle. James City Country Police was notified and arrived on property immediately. The officers safely removed the dog from the car. Further questions regarding the situation should be directed to James City County Police.”