Pennsylvania House Bill 1216, amended October 2018, issued protections for law enforcement officers, animal control officers, humane society police officers and emergency responders from liability of damages when removing a dog or cat from a locked motor vehicle. These responders have to follow certain steps in order to be protected. These steps include:
- Has good-faith, reasonable belief that the dog or cat is in imminent danger of suffering harm if not immediately removed from the motor vehicle.
- Makes a reasonable effort to locate the driver of the motor vehicle prior to entry.
- Takes reasonable steps to ensure or restore the well-being of the dog or cat.
- Uses no more force than necessary under the circumstances to enter the motor vehicle.
- Leaves notice on or in the motor vehicle stating the reason entry was made, the name of the person and the person’s employer, a telephone number and, if possible, the location of where the dog can be retrieved.
This law is for both hot and cold days.
If it is too hot/cold for you to be in the car, it’s too hot/cold for them!
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