1:42 P.M.: Warren Woman Charged With Leaving Dog Unattended In Vehicle

LAKEWOOD – Lakewood-Busti police have charged a Warren woman with leaving her husky unattended in her vehicle on Tuesday.

Police received a report of a dog left in a vehicle at 11:52 a.m. Officers found the vehicle and saw a husky panting and drooling in the car. Officers were able to get the dog out of the owner’s car and put the dog in the officers’ air-conditioned patrol car. Citizens then gave police cold water for the dog, which officers said was extremely thirsty. Attempts to find the owner were unsuccessful for 40 minutes until the owner left the Chautauqua Mall. She was then charged with confinement of an animal in a motor vehicle, a violation of the state Agriculture and Markets law, and given an appearance ticket to appear in Busti Town Court.

In a news release, Lakewood-Busti police and the Chautauqua County Humane Society reminded pet owners not to leave their pets in vehicles during extreme temperatures. In addition to violating state law if a vehicle isn’t properly ventilated or other protection taken, exposure to extreme heat or cold can injure or kill a pet. Putting the window down a few inches is not considered adequate ventilation.

“The Lakewood-Busti Police receives several of these calls per year and intends to make arrests when needed,” the department said in the news release.