Poodle survives 19 days in van

January 15, 2009 6:19:04 PM PST
Police say a poodle mistakenly left for nearly three weeks inside a van in a Vermont airport parking garage has survived. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The 12-year-old miniature poodle lost half its body weight and endured subzero temperatures. Police believe it was without food and water for 19 days.

Police say the dog is recovering and not available for adoption.

The male dog was discovered Jan. 6 after someone reported a foul odor coming from the vehicle.

The owner, 50-year-old Pascal Bellon of Frelighsburg, Quebec, says he didn't know the dog was in the vehicle. He was issued a ticket for cruelty to animals and has agreed to give up custody of the pet and pay veterinary bills.

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