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Proposed N.Y. Law Would Allow Firefighters To Rescue Animals From Hot Cars

July 27, 2018 - 3:56 pm
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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A proposed law would make it legal for firefighters to rescue pets in hot cars.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, right now only police or peace officers can rescue a pet from a hot car and not be held criminally or civilly liable.

Now, Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I-Bridgehampton) has introduced legislation that would also allow firefighters to rescue a dog or any other type of animal.

The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals supports the legislation, said Chief Roy Gross.

“The more the merrier, basically – the more people that we can get to get an animal that can actually die within minutes if left in a car, and especially on the hot days that we’ve been having – so I applaud this law,” Gross said. “I think it’s a wonderful thing.”

Recently, three dogs were found dead in a hot car in Shirley.