Dog rescued by police at Westwood Village still at shelter

Update tonight in the tale of a dog that Seattle Police rescued from a car at Westwood Village, reported Wednesday on SPD Blotter: Today’s Blotter followup says Zipper the puggle is being kept at the Seattle Animal Shelter while an animal-cruelty investigation is under way. Witnesses told police the car in which Zipper was found had been parked at the center for six days, though it hasn’t been determined if Zipper was inside the whole time. Zipper apparently was supposedly under a dog-sitter’s watch, while his owner was out of town.

8 Replies to "Dog rescued by police at Westwood Village still at shelter"

  • mehud April 25, 2013 (9:29 pm)

    Poor Zipper–I feel terrible as I am in that parking lot at least weekly. Police also park there while on break at Starbucks. Security at Westwood Village must be lax to allow a car to park there for six days without moving. So glad that Zipper is safe. Another news channel said it was the boyfriend of Zipper’s owner that was watching him.

  • SD April 25, 2013 (10:05 pm)

    Terrible story on so many levels. I hope they charge the guy.

  • CJ April 25, 2013 (11:10 pm)

    Thank you to whoever was paying attention to this dog’s situation and did something about it!

  • Kip April 25, 2013 (11:11 pm)

    You’d think after 24 hours someone would have had the decency to report this to the police. Six days is way to long… Wake up people!! Good job to those that finally did call for help. May Zipper find the loving home that he deserves & soon-

  • T Rex April 26, 2013 (8:01 am)

    To add to this, know that warm weather is coming and DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG IN THE CAR WHILE YOU ARE SHOPPPING!!! Even at 60 and sunny, your car will get hot inside.

    If you get a nasty gram on your windshield it is from me!

  • HappyCat April 26, 2013 (11:26 am)

    This is just awful. I agree with SD. The person responsible needs to be charged.

  • FREE ZIPPER May 9, 2013 (11:48 pm)

    This story is completely false. I know Zipper. I played with him and fed him the day he was taken. He wasnt abused by his owners and he ISNT A PUGGLE!!!! HES A WHIPPET mix. He wasnt in that car for six days, or 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1. If he was in there for even a day, dont you think they would have found feces in the van? No poo! If he was abused why would he be so ready to love everyone? Abused dogs ACT like they have been abused. This is just a bad case of VERY VERY POOR REPORTING combined with a COMPLETE lack of research put in the hands of blind, mindless followers and made into National News for that exact reason.

    Side Note… when I personally called Komo news to let them know all these things, the woman hung up on me the first time, AND the second a week later. Very responsible adults we are supposed to just believe here. What happens if someone wants some REAL news?

  • WSB May 10, 2013 (12:29 am)

    Hi. No, this isn’t a case of bad reporting. My reporting is completely accurate, in that we are reporting POLICE SAID XX HAPPENED. Doesn’t mean what police said is true but it is true that they said it, and we are only reporting what they said. The citywide news outlets (as well as at least one neighborhood news outlet) perplexingly seemed to misinterpret what police said, though, which is why I made a point of saying “they said the car was there six days but have not proven the dog was in there for six days” – the DOG ABANDONED IN CAR ONE WEEK headlines did seem unsupported, to say the least.
    Anyway, I was actually surprised not to have heard from ANYONE involved with this any sooner, since almost always, when there is some sort of notable case in West Seattle, people directly involved either contact us or at least comment on the story. I can guarantee you nobody would have hung up on you on our news line, and if anyone wants to offer their side of the story, you can either call or e-mail us any time.

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