Illinois law allows police to rescue dogs or cats suffering from heat or cold

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State law now allows law enforcement officials to rescue dogs or cats from life-threatening heat or cold.

Legislation signed into law this month by Gov. Bruce Rauner amended the Humane Care for Animals Act. A law enforcement officer may take temporary custody of a dog or cat that is a companion animal if found to be exposed to cold or heat that could threaten the animal’s life.

The official then must attempt to contact the pet’s owner and seek emergency veterinary care for the animal as soon as possible.

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