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First responders in NY now allowed to remove distressed pets from hot and cold cars

Governor Cuomo has signed a law allowing emergency and first responders to rescue animals in distress inside of unattended vehicles.

The legislation, according to the governor’s office, will allow emergency and first responders to remove animals from cars in hot or cold weather, if they appear to be in distress or their well being is in danger.

“Leaving a pet in a stifling hot or freezing cold car is inhumane and potentially dangerous, and emergency responders should have the ability to remove them if necessary,” Governor Cuomo said. “As a dog owner myself, I am proud to sign this measure into law to help ensure the safety and well being of animals.”

Manlius Firefighter Chris Halliday says the new law takes liability away from firefighters and other medical responders wanting to do the right thing and break into a car to help.

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