Margaret Fitzpatrick of Middletown said she parked her car in a lot alongside English Place intending to to take Corey, her 9-year-old beagle/basset hound mix, to the Jazz in the Park concert in Riverside Gardens Park that evening.
But as she walked around to the passenger side to get the dog, Corey jumped on an armrest, accidentally tripping the door locks, Fitzpatrick said. The keys, and Fitzpatrick’s cellphone, were inside the vehicle.
“I was planning on getting him out of the car then picking up the bag” that contained Corey’s water and bowl, along with the keys and phone, she said. “I never dreamed he could hit the lock button.”
With the distressed animal “howling,” Fitzpatrick summoned nearby police, who spent 30 minutes to unlock the car with a wire, Fitzpatrick said.
Jazz in the Park is scheduled to wrap up its summer run this Thursday night with a show by the Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band.
(Photos by Celestine Woods. Click to enlarge.)