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There's a new way for some police dogs in Rockland to keep cool.
Thanks to two donors, the Clarkstown Police Department now has an app that monitors all of their police dogs when they're left in the car. The technology works through an antenna, and it lets officers know the temperature inside the vehicle. But the app not only monitors the temperature, it actually takes action rolling down the windows when things get a little too hot.
Clarkstown Police Officer Michael Keane works every day with Taz, a full breed German Shepherd who is about 7 and 1/2 years old, buts say Taz doesn’t get out of the car on every call. "They're not always with us. We don't always deploy them out of the cars in the daily duties."
Officials tell News 12 they do keep their police cars running but, if the car stalls out, or gets too hot, the app notifies them. "We'll get notified if it's in a dangerous area. If it continues to rise they call us. They call the main desk and other K9 officers," says Keane.