Family Pet Dies after Car Thieves Take Vehicle and Dog

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Maru
Maru

On August 17, 2013, the Mateo family stopped at a Studio City clothing store in the Los Angeles area and left their beloved 10-year old Labrador, Maru, sleeping in the running air conditioned mini van. Less than a minute later, thieves took off in the van taking Maru with them.

“I’m just so afraid about her, you know, that something bad is going to happen,” Nayo Mateo, Maru’s owner told KTLA.

Two days later, Maru was found dead inside the vehicle. Authorities believe the thieves left the dog inside and Maru died from heat exhaustion.

The car was found by police in a parking lot not too far away from where it was originally taken and Senior Lead Officer Mike Lewis had to call the Mateo family to give them the heart breaking news.

Maru was lying on the floor of the car, on the driver’s side.

The Mateo family is grieving the loss of their pet. They had taken Maru when she was only weeks old and had shared with her 10 memorable years.

 

13 thoughts on “Family Pet Dies after Car Thieves Take Vehicle and Dog”

  1. Such a sad loss. I hope this serves as a warning that it is never safe to leave your dog in a car alone ever. I wish people would think about what could happen when they leave their dogs alone.

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    • Come on – they left the car running with the AC on, just for the DOG! Even all the preparation and prevention couldn’t prepare them for what happened. It’s not like they left the dog in the car with the windows up. That’s not the issue. The bottom line is that something unimaginable happened to this loving, caring family and that angel of a dog. Shut about leaving dogs in cars – that implies the family was irresponsible. We all know not to leave our dogs in cars, that’s why we visit a website called “Life with Dogs” – because we love and care for our pets probably a little too much. But these people were spoiling their baby, taking care of an aging Lab, rather than tying it up outside of a shop on the sidewalk while they shopped. Would that have been better? Spread your message to the general public and quit preaching to the choir.

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  2. So, so sorry for your loss Mateo family! He is in a better place waiting for you….God much have needed him more than he neeed his earthly life. Maru loves you and don’t feel guilty for the actions of heartless others. The laws of compensation will give them their due! God Bless you as you mourn your loss.

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  3. I hope they catch the Mexicants or Ni66ers that did this and kill them the same way. Eye for an eye justice for Maru

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  4. I hope they catch the sorry bastards & throw their asses in jail. Put them in a small closed room and blast the heat for a few days and see how they like it!

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