UPDATE: Dog rescued from van set to return to owner

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THE owner the lurcher rescued from a van yesterday is set to collect his dog today (July 15)

A police spokeswoman said the dog stayed at the vets overnight as a precautionary measure, and the owner had been released from custody.

The story has caused outrage on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, after the lurcher puppy was rescued by firefighters and police.

The animal was left in a sealed van on the hottest day of the year at West Wittering beach.