New Law Protects Rescuers of Pets in Distress
The new law makes clear that first responders encountering a pet in a hot or cold car can break the window to rescue the animal from dangerously hot or cold temperatures. Private Citizens can also enter a car to release an animal in “imminent danger” if they make “reasonable efforts” to locate the owner, call 911, remain with the animal until a first responder arrives and do not use “more force than reasonably necessary to enter the motor vehicle”.
The legislation also includes new restrictions on tethering or chaining pets, reducing the length of time each day a dog can be tethered outside from 24 to five (5) hours. No outdoor tethering is permitted during severe weather, and dogs can be tethered outdoors for no more than 15 supervised minutes between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.