State Senate passes bill to protect pets left in cars

The bill allows the police and firefighters to retrieve an animal

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts senators want to prevent people from leaving their pets in the car unattended, even with a window cracked open. On Tuesday, the state Senate passed a bill to ban people from leaving pets in the car on an extremely hot or cold day.

The bill allows the police and firefighters to retrieve an animal that’s been confined in a car for a long time. They must then leave a note on the car with contact information for the pet owner.

Under the bill, first responders would be immune from criminal or civil liability for removing the animal. Violators could face fines ranging from $75 all the way up to $300 for repeat violations.

“I do believe that our public safety professionals need to be in the position to be able to make the right call,” State Senator Jim Welch explained. “And if they feel as though an animal is in distress then they should be able to make that call.”

Pet owners can only retrieve the animal once the fines have been paid. The bill now heads to the State House for consideration.

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