Teen charged with assaulting officer after dog rescued from car in Busch Gardens parking lot

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A teen accused of leaving a young dog in a parked vehicle outside of Busch Gardens is facing several charges after police say he attacked the officer who rescued the animal from the car.

Williamsburg Police tell 8News an officer was flagged down at around 4:45 p.m. on Monday to assist a dog locked a vehicle that was parked in the amusement park’s France lot. The officer found a young pit bull in distress inside a vehicle that was not running with each window shut.

After several attempts to locate the owner, the officer used a tool to open the door and remove the dog from the vehicle. 

When the owner returned to the parking lot, he confronted the officer but began to walk away after the officer attempted to detain him. That’s when police say the 17-year-old turned around to strike the officer, and a struggle ensued as the officer attempted to take the teen into custody. 

The 17-year-old was booked at Merrimac Detention Center and charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana and animal cruelty.

Both the teen and officer reportedly suffered minor injuries during the incident, according to police.

Animal Control responded to the scene and took the dog into custody. 

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