Over the past two months, the Geneseo Police Department has received more than a dozen complaints about people leaving their children or pets in their vehicles while they shop at Walmart.

This has resulted in six individuals being arrested for either endangering the welfare of a child or leaving an animal in a vehicle under extreme temperatures, a violation of New York’s Agriculture and Markets Law.

Due to the number of complaints continuing to increase and with the warmer weather already here, the Geneseo Police Department is reminding everyone to use common sense and not leave children or pets alone in a vehicle.

Children left in vehicles

Please do not leave your children alone in a vehicle under any circumstance. Not wanting to expose your child to COVID-19 is not a reason to leave your child unattended in a vehicle as this is illegal. You will be arrested, and a referral will be made to Child Protective Services. Please make arrangements to have your child supervised prior to going to the store or make arrangements for store pick up.

Animals left in vehicles

It’s better to leave your pet at home than in a motor vehicle. Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car - even for “just a minute” — while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes. On a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. During one of the Geneseo Police Department’s recent complaints, the temperature inside the vehicle was recorded at 120 degrees and the animal was in distress.

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