An amended state law looking out for abused and neglected animals will receive a welcome update in 2019.
Going into effect on January 1st, animal control officers won’t be the only ones who can legally pull an animal from these situations.
According to the Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act, Public Act 100-0740, local law enforcement can intercede on an animals behalf.
This may just provide the additional precious time that means the difference between life and death. At the very least, temporarily removing the animals from the abusive situation while waiting on animal control.
The subsection of the amendment reads as follows:
“Nothing [in this Section] shall prohibit a law enforcement officer from taking temporary custody of a dog or cat that is a companion animal that is exposed in a manner that places the dog or cat in a life-threatening situation for a prolonged period of time in extreme heat or cold conditions that may result in injury or death of the dog or cat or may result in hypothermia, hyperthermia, frostbite, or similar condition.”
In a similar situation, police officers already had legal rights to remove an animal from a vehicle in life threatening circumstances.
Thankfully, by any means necessary.
The owners of the poor animals can be charged with a misdemeanor; felony charges if they are repeat offenders.
Sadly, there are hundreds of estimated deaths each year due to animals being left in vehicles.
“Sec. 7.1. Confinement in motor vehicle. No owner or person 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 Department investigator 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.”
Illinois, where I lived until 2005 and then again in 2016-2018, has a climate that rivals the world’s largest teeter-totter.
Winter mornings, you can wake up to freezing conditions, be sweating by lunch, enjoy a thunderstorm at dinner and be shoveling snow in your driveway as the night falls.
These extreme conditions aren’t limited to the winter months either. Summer brings sweltering temperatures that reach into the 100’s.
The normal range of temperatures for felines is 99.5-102.5 Fahrenheit. For dogs, the average temperature is 100°F to 102.5°F.
“On cold days in wintertime, outdoor activities should be minimized and pets should be closely supervised as hypothermia can occur quickly. In case of moderate to severe hypothermia, pets should be wrapped with a blanket, placed on a stable surfaced and rushed to the closest veterinary hospital.”
Heat-related illnesses can be very serious as we recently experienced.
If you suspect your cat is suffering you should contact your vet or emergency veterinarians straight away!
Now, if we can just get them to amend these inhumane practices (in RED below)…
“Animal cruelty doesn’t include certain allowed practices, including: ear cropping, declawing, defanging, tail docking, and spaying;”.
REMEMBER: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP; FOSTERING SAVES LIVES & SPAY AND NEUTER!
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