Leaving your pet animals in a hot vehicle is against the law.  Don't be caught this summer leaving your pet in a hot vehicle.

If you see an animal inside a vehicle on a hot day without proper ventilation you should call 911. Be sure to let dispatch know that you want an officer to respond and give the exact location as well as the make and model of the vehicle. You can notify the responding officer that it's a violation of section 353-D of the NYS Agricultural and Markets law.

Section 353-D

Confinement of companion animals in vehicles: extreme temperatures

Agriculture & Markets (AGM)

Confinement of companion animals in vehicles: extreme temperatures.

  1. A person shall not confine a companion animal in a motor vehicle in extreme heat or cold without proper ventilation or other protection from such extreme temperatures where such confinement places the companion animal in imminent danger of death or serious physical injury due to exposure to such extreme heat or cold.

  2. Where the operator of such a vehicle cannot be promptly located, a police officer, peace officer, or peace officer acting as an agent of a duly incorporated humane society may take necessary steps to remove the animal or animals from the vehicle.

  3. Police officers, peace officers or peace officers acting as agents of a duly incorporated humane society removing an animal or animals from a vehicle pursuant to this section shall place a written notice on or in the vehicle, bearing the name of the officer or agent, and the department or agency and address where the animal or animals will be taken.

  4. An animal or animals removed from a vehicle pursuant to this section shall, after receipt of any necessary emergency veterinary treatment, be delivered to the duly incorporated humane society or society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, or designated agent thereof, in the jurisdiction where the animal or animals were seized.

  5. Any person who knowingly violates the provisions of subdivision one of this section shall be guilty of a violation, punishable by a fine of not less than fifty dollars nor more than one hundred dollars for a first offense, and a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than two hundred and fifty dollars for a second and subsequent offenses.

  6. Officers shall not be held criminally or civilly liable for actions taken reasonably and in good faith in carrying out the provisions of this section.

  7. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to affect any other protections afforded to companion animals under any other provisions of this article.

SCPD Officers in Rocky Point will enforce this law and will also be on the lookout for animals in parked/locked vehicles.

Let's keep our pets safe this summer.

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