Dangers of hot cars illustrated in Niskayuna Co-Op incident

niskayuna co-opThe Niskayuna Co-Op located at 2227 Nott St. Photo by Marc Schultz.

BY STEVEN COOK
Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — Authorities say a Monday morning incident outside the Niskayuna Co-Op is a reminder to dog owners not to leave their pets in cars in the summer weather.

The incident happened about 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot across from the co-op. Bystanders spotted a small dog locked in a van when outside air temperatures ranged up to 80 degrees.

Police said Wednesday they followed up with the owner a short time later and determined the dog was OK. The officer also spoke with the owner about the dangers of leaving animals in cars, Deputy Niskayuna Police Chief Michael Stevens said Wednesday.

But the incident caused a stir and a small crowd to gather as they monitored the dog and waited either for police to arrive or the owner to return. They also checked nearby businesses and had announcements made, bystander Ann Connolly, of Clifton Park, said.

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