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A dog that was left in a car parked at a West Seattle grocery store - possibly for days - remains in the care of Seattle Animal Shelter while an investigation is conducted.

Just after 1 a.m. on Sunday, security officers at the Westwood Village store called police after they spotted a small, frightened, shaking dog in the back of a car parked outside the store.

A security guard told police he believed the car had been parked in the same spot in the lot for at least six days.

SPD Officer Katrina Stuckey investigated, found out that the car had recently been sold to a new, unlisted owner, and called for a tow truck.

The puggle named Zipper was removed from the car and Stuckey and store security officers gave the dog food and water and turned him over to the Seattle Animal Shelter.

Seattle Animal Shelterreports that Zipper is happy, energetic, appears to be in good health, and is being well cared for by animal care staff.

Zipper will remain at the Shelter, where he is being well cared for by animal care staff, until the investigation is complete and a course of action is determined, spokeswoman Julie Moore said.

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