Niskayuna police: Dog in distress call unfounded

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NISKAYUNA — Niskayuna police responded to a call about a dog locked in a hot car in the Target parking lot Wednesday afternoon, but found the dog was not in danger.

Christen Gowan, a Union College employee, saw the dog while on her lunch break.

“He was panting a lot and looked like he was really hot, so I called the non-emergency Niskayuna police number,” Gowan wrote in an email later Wednesday.

Niskayuna Police Deputy Chief Michael Stevens said the officer who responded to the call found the dog healthy and happy. He said there was water in the car, which had Tennessee license plates, and the windows were open.

The officer played with the dog before returning to work.

A dog in a car that prompted concern from passers-by and similar police response earlier this summer — outside the Niskayuna Co-Op — also was found to have suffered no ill effects from the incident.

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