Police: Teen charged after leaving dog in car at Busch Gardens, fighting with officer

    (Busch Gardens)

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A 17-year-old is facing charges after police said he left a dog in a car in a parking lot at Busch Gardens, then assaulted an officer.

    Police said a witness flagged down an officer around 4:45 p.m. Monday after they saw a young pit bull locked inside a vehicle at the Busch Gardens France parking lot.

    The car wasn't running and the windows were closed.

    Police said while others attempted to locate the owner, one officer opened the car using a door-opening tool.

    The owner then arrived at the scene and confronted the officer, police said.

    They said the teen tried to walk away and the officer tried to arrest him, but the teen then turned around and hit the officer.

    That caused an altercation where both the teen and the officer were injured, police said.

    The teen was charged with assault on LEO, possession of marijuana and animal cruelty.

    He is in custody at Merrimac Detention Center.

    Animal Control took custody of the dog.

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