About the “Hot Car Bill”

In October of 2018, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 104 of 2018, House Bill 1216, the Motor Vehicle Extreme Heat Protection Act, otherwise known as the “Hot Car Bill” that went into effect on December 23, 2018. The law enforcement officer or emergency responder must have a good-faith and reasonable belief that the dog or cat is in imminent danger if not immediately removed. This does not give citizens the authority to take this type of action! So if you see a dog or cat in a motor vehicle and you believe the animal is in distress, you must contact the local authorities. Provide good information and become a witness! Temperatures rise fast, even with the windows down. Call 911 if you see a pet in a hot car.