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New law makes it a misdemeanor to confine pets in extremely hot & cold autos

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by Shannon O'Hara

The governor has recently signed legislation that makes leaving your animal in a motor vehicle which places the animal in extreme health threatening a misdemeanor.

Lindsay Pollard of PETA Foundation stated "leaving a dog or any living being in a parked car on a warm day isn't much different from putting him or her in a hot oven." 

Under this new legislation, any animal control officer, law enforcement officer or firefighter who believes this law is being violated can take action and enter the vehicle by any means necessary.

The owner will then have to pay all charges that have been accrued for the maintenance and impoundment of the animal, before allowing its return.

The punishment of violating this law can be imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of up to $1000 or both.

“Trapped in a steaming car with only hot air to breathe,” wrote Pollard-Post of PETA, “dogs can suffer heatstroke in just 15 minutes, resulting in brain damage or death. … When temperatures warm up, no amount of time in a parked car is safe for dogs.”

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