- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

GOLDEN GATE, Fla. (AP) - A hit and run in southwest Florida ended up leading a deputy to a dog locked in the trunk of the suspect’s car.

Collier County sheriff’s officials say Cpl. Jason Stauffer got a license plate from a witness Wednesday and tracked it to a car owned by 24-year-old Daniel Stack.

Stack eventually led deputies to his car which authorities said had damage consistent with the hit and run. Stack was arrested and placed in the patrol car.

As deputies waited for a tow-truck, they found a small, black and tan dog in the trunk. It’s unclear how long the dog had been there.

Stack was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, animal cruelty and possession of marijuana under 20 grams.

The dog was turned over to Collier County Domestic Animal Services.

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