Pa. House OKs bill to protect pets in hot cars

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The state House of Representatives has passed legislation that would prohibit pet owners from leaving their animals unattended in a hot car.

House Bill 1516 makes it a summary offense if the animal’s health is endangered.

Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) said his proposal also gives police and humane officers the authority to remove a dog or cat from an unattended vehicle – after a reasonable search for the owner – if the officer believes the animal is suffering and endangered.

The officer who removes a cat or dog from an unattended vehicle would not be held liable for any damages.

“If an officer removes a dog or cat from an unattended car, the officer would be required to take it to a veterinary hospital or animal care clinic for a health screening and treatment,” Farry said in a statement. “The officer who removed the dog or cat must leave a note stating how to contact the officer and where to pick up the pet.”

The measure now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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