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On a sweltering day, a Boston cop made sure a black lab kept cool

Sergeant Sam Silta and Olive.Boston police

On a day that saw temperatures soar into the 90s, a Boston police sergeant made sure a black labrador retriever named Olive kept cool.

Sergeant Sam Silta was working a detail at Boston Children’s Hospital on Thursday when a family who was rushing their son to that hospital approached him. According to a statement from Boston police, the family “was in a panic” because they didn’t know what to do with Olive.

Silta, according to police, helped the family with parking and then offered to keep the dog with him for the duration of his detail. The department posted photos of Olive relaxing in the sergeant’s air-conditioned cruiser. According to a police statement, Silta also walked the dog around the campus during the family’s hospital visit.


“We would like to pass along our well wishes to the family and assure them that Olive is in good hands!” Boston police said in a statement.

Boston police did not release the age of the son, and a department spokeswoman, citing medical privacy law, declined to say what caused him to be rushed to the hospital.

A heat wave that has brought 90-plus-degree temperatures in five of the last seven days to the area continued to make Boston swelter Thursday, with forecasters predicting the heat index would reach 99 degrees in the city.

The Boston-based Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals — Angell Animal Medical Center warns pet owners that the inside of a car can heat up to 110 degrees in 10 minutes on an 80-degree day, even if the windows are cracked.

“Your pet could be in danger even on a moderately hot day,” the group said in a statement.

State law prohibits pet owners from confining any animal in a motor vehicle during extreme heat or cold, according to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.


Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.