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(A) No domestic animal, household pet or wild animal in captivity may be confined in a motor vehicle under conditions that are likely to cause suffering, injury or death to the animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or other endangering conditions. Such confinement shall be considered improper and illegal (hereafter “improper confinement”). Without limiting the foregoing, it shall be presumed that an interior temperature exceeding 109° F causes an unacceptable level of suffering by any such animal, and constitutes improper confinement in violation of this section.
(B) After making a reasonable effort in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle to locate the owner or operator of a vehicle in which a suffering, injured or dying animal is improperly confined, taking into consideration the condition of the animal, a law enforcement or duly authorized Animal Control Officer may enter a closed vehicle by any reasonable means under the circumstances to remove the animal, and may take such animal to an appropriate facility for its care or maintenance.
(Res. passed 12-18-2014; Ord. passed 12-16-2019) Penalty, see § 84.99