Jul 13, 2014 11:22 AM by Arizona Republic
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is investigating the drowning of a dog in a car that rolled Friday night into Lake Pleasant near Desert Tortoise Cove.
According to a department spokesman, the owner of the dog and another man were visiting the lake. They tied the dog to the rear passenger wheel of the car with a 10-foot rope, authorities said.
The dog jumped into an open door of the car and apparently disengaged the emergency brake while the men were away from the vehicle. The car then rolled into the water, and the impact with the water appeared to have closed the door, trapping the dog inside.
On Saturday morning, Sheriff's Office divers retrieved the carcass of the dog, believed to be a German shepherd, and the vehicle from the water.
(Photo Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)