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Police: Overdose and heat lead to death of man, dog

A Burgaw man and his dog were found dead around 7:30 a.m. Friday in a parked car near the Petco off South College Road in Wilmington. (MGNOnline.com photo)

A Burgaw man and his dog were found dead around 7:30 a.m. Friday in a parked car near the Petco off South College Road in Wilmington, according to police.

Police responded to the scene after a 911 call. When they arrived they found a 28-year-old man and a large dog, believed to be a Mastiff, both dead inside of the vehicle.

Police say they found drugs, needles and other drug paraphernalia inside the car.

The car is believed to have been there for some time, according to WPD.

Police believe the man died from a drug overdose and the dog died due to extreme heat exposure.

This story was originally published on WWAY.

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