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(A) No owner or person in charge shall confine any animal in a motor vehicle in such a manner that places it in a life or health threatening situation by exposure to a prolonged period of extreme heat or cold, without proper ventilation or other protection from such heat or cold. In order to protect the health and safety of an animal, an animal control officer, law enforcement officer, or fire or rescue squad who has probable cause to believe that this section is being violated shall have authority to enter such motor vehicle by any reasonable means under the circumstances after making a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other person responsible. An animal control officer, law enforcement officer, or fire or rescue squad, who removes an animal from a vehicle or enclosed space in accordance with this subsection is not liable for any resulting property damage.
(B) The person rescuing the animal shall notify the animal control officer, who may take the animal to a veterinarian for treatment or to the ARL for housing, if necessary. The cost of such treatment or housing shall be paid by the animal owner.
(Ord. 2280, passed 1-4-2017)