Lawmakers Propose Legislation to Protect Pets Left Unattended in Hot Cars

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Motor Vehicle Extreme Heat Protection Act, introduced in the state Senate by Senator Andy Dinniman, and introduced in the state House by Representatives Frank Farry and Dom Costa and is legislation aimed to protect pets left unattended in hot cars.

The proposed legislation prohibits the confinement of a dog or cat in an unattended motor vehicle in a manner that endangers the health and well-being of the animal. Police officers, public safety professionals, and humane officers would have authority to remove a dog or cat from an unattended motor vehicle if it is believed the animal is suffering and the owner or operator of the vehicle cannot be found after a reasonable search.  Officers acting to save animals left in hot cars will not be held liable for damages.

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  • State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-West Chester)
  • State Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks)
  • State Rep. Dom Costa (D-Pittsburgh)
  • Kristen Tullo, PA State Director, The Humane Society of the United States

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