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In R.I., leaving an animal in hot vehicle now a crime

Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed legislation that makes it a misdemeanor to leave an animal in a vehicle that puts it in a life-threatening situation because of prolonged extreme temperatures.

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Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed legislation that makes it a misdemeanor to leave an animal in a vehicle that puts it in a life-threatening situation because of prolonged extreme temperatures.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — It is now a crime in Rhode Island to leave a pet in a sweltering hot vehicle.

Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed legislation that makes it a misdemeanor to leave an animal in a vehicle that puts it in a life-threatening situation because of prolonged extreme temperatures. That also includes the cold.

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The legislation authorizes animal control officers, law enforcement and firefighters to take possession of an animal thought to be in danger after making an effort to find the vehicle’s owner.

The punishment is imprisonment of up to a year, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.

The legislation was sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio and Rep. Marvin Abney.

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