'DogSpots' installed at 10 Thruway plazas, including in Westmoreland

Man’s best friend takes road trips too, and now some New York State Thruway rest areas have a safe place for your pet to stay while you run inside to grab a bite to eat.

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 6:02 PM

Man’s best friend takes road trips too, and now some New York State Thruway rest areas have a safe place for your pet to stay while you run inside to grab a bite to eat.

The Brooklyn-based company DogSpot has installed its climate-controlled dog houses at 10 Thruway plazas in the state, including the eastbound Oneida Travel Plaza in Westmoreland.

The plastic huts have a window, heat and air conditioning, and a “puppy cam” so that dog owners can keep an eye on their pets from their phone.

“We care about your dog the way you do,” the company’s website reads. “That’s why we designed the most technologically advanced den-like environment for dogs that allows you to both bring your dog and leave your dog with peace of mind.”

The cost to use the DogSpot is 30 cents per minute, and each one has an ultraviolet light that kills viruses and bacteria between uses.

The company hopes to install DogSpots at locations such as grocery stores and restaurants so that dogs will never be left in the car.

According to NewYorkUpstate.com, the other Thruway stops with two huts each include: Ardsley, Chittenango, Clifton Springs, Junius Ponds, New Baltimore, Pattersonville, Plattekill, Sloatsburg and Ulster.

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