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Loudoun Co.: Herndon man responsible for dog's death

Wednesday - 6/22/2011, 2:58pm  ET

Stuart Grimes claims Loudoun County Sheriff's deputies contributed to the death of his dog, Rex. (Photo courtesy of 'Justice for Rex' facebook page.)

WASHINGTON - The man whose dog died in a hot car after he says deputies ignored his pleas to retrieve the animal was arrested on animal cruelty charges Tuesday, according to a news release.

Stuart Grimes, 24, was originally arrested on May 31 after Sheriff's deputies say he was found asleep at a table in the International House of Pancakes in Sterling, Va. around 5 a.m.

Grimes' dog, Rex, was confined inside Grimes' car throughout the day and later died from heat stroke, officials say.

The Herndon man says he repeatedly told Loudoun deputies and jail officials about his dog and asked someone to retrieve the animal.

Sheriff's deputies say Grimes did not mention to animal deputies or jail officials.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office opened an investigation into the incident, as did Loudoun County Animal Control.

"We found no evidence that Mr. Grimes told sheriff's personnel that Rex, his dog, was in the car," said Thomas Kroenig, director of Loudoun County Animal Services.

Grimes is charged with one count of confinement of animals in a vehicle and one count of animal cruelty. Each carries a maximum 12 month prison sentence and up to $2,500 in fines.

WTOP's Amy Hunter contributed to this report.

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