New Law Protects Pets From Hot Vehicles

By: Shawn Magrath

ALBANY – A state proposal signed into law Wednesday now gives first responders the nod to remove animals from hot cars if they feel the wellbeing of the animal is jeopardized.

The new law gives firefighters and other emergency medical responders authorization to remove animals in unattended vehicles where safety’s called into question, including conditions of excessive heat or cold.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said signing the measure discourages “inhumane and potentially dangerous” practice and that it will help reduce wait times when calls are made to 911.

“As a dog owner myself, I am proud to sign this measure into law to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of animals,” said Cuomo.

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