SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – Police say a poodle that survived being in a van at the Burlington International Airport parking garage for nearly three weeks was mistakenly left there.

The 12-year-old miniature poodle survived, although it lost half its body weight and endured subzero temperatures. Police believe it was without food and water for 19 days. Police say the dog is recovering and not available for adoption.

The male dog was discovered Jan. 6 after someone reported a foul odor coming from the vehicle.

Police say the owner, 50-year-old Pascal Bellon of Frelighsburg, Quebec, says he didn’t know the dog was in the vehicle. He was issued a ticket for cruelty to animals and has agreed to give up custody of the pet and pay veterinary bills.

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