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Aug 13, 2019 3:08 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

New York State Passes Legislation To Keep Pets Out Of The Heat

Aug 13, 2019 3:26 PM

State legislation may reduce the number of pets lost to the heat, or freezing, after being left in cars and trucks.

Under the measure, firefighters and other emergency responders will be able to act to rescue a pet before the police arrive if the owner cannot be located.

On July 31, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation allowing firefighters and other emergency responders to remove pets from a vehicle under dangerous conditions. Instead of having to wait for the police to arrive to legally extract the animal, almost immediate action can be taken.

The law becomes especially effective in areas with minimal police presence, where cutting minutes, or even seconds, off a rescue operation could be a matter of life or death.

“Too often we hear stories about an animal that has died due to the reckless behavior of its owner. This measure will offer greater protections to our precious pets and penalize those who put them in harm’s way,” Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said.

Mr. Cuomo described the act of leaving an animal in a car in dangerous conditions as “inhumane.”

The bill immediately goes into effect.

“As a dog owner myself, I am proud to sign this measure into law to help ensure the safety and well-being of animals,” Mr. Cuomo said in a release.

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