Albany County Legislature adopts law to protect animals left in dangerously hot, cold vehicles

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The Albany County Legislature announced it is adopting a local law that protects animals left inside dangerously hot or cold vehicles.

According to the law, animals cannot be left inside a vehicle in a manner that could “reasonably threaten the health of the animal due to exposure to extreme heat or cold.”

The law will allow police officers, peace officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, veterinarians, local dog control or animal control officers to remove an animal in need of assistance if the vehicle owner cannot be located.

Officers will be required to notify the owner of the animal’s removal and the location of where the animal can be picked up.

The law will be enforced by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. Violators could pay a $150 fine for the first offense, no more than $300 for a second offense, and no more than $500 for a third offense.

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