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New Law Protects Firefighters and EMTs When Saving Pets from Locked Cars

NEW YORK — A new law in New York says firefighters and emergency medical professionals aren’t liable for any vehicular damage when they remove a pet from a dangerously hot or cold car.

As reported by NPR, existing law already granted legal protections to police who break a car window to rescue a trapped pet.

The law signed Wednesday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo extends those same rules to firefighters and EMTs.

Supporters say the law will speed up pet rescues by allowing authorities to dispatch firefighters or EMTs instead of having to send police officers whenever someone reports a pet locked in a car in extreme heat or cold.

 


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