First responders now authorized to remove animals from hot cars

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New legislation now allows firefighters and other emergency medical responders to remove animals sitting in hot cars.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law on Wednesday.

It will help reduce wait times when calls are made to 911 that a pet is in danger, especially in areas and at times when law enforcement or animal control availability is limited.

The bill goes into effect immediately.

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