Maryland Transportation Section 21-1004.1

Article - Transportation

§ 21-1004.1.

      (a)      A person may not leave a cat or dog unattended in a standing or parked motor vehicle in a manner that endangers the health or safety of the cat or dog.

      (b)      Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, a person may use reasonable force to remove from a motor vehicle a cat or dog left in the vehicle in violation of the provisions of subsection (a) of this section if the person is:

            (1)      A law enforcement officer;

            (2)      A public safety employee of the State or of a local governing body;

            (3)      An animal control officer under the jurisdiction of the State or a local governing body;

            (4)      An officer of a society or association, incorporated under the laws of this State for the prevention of cruelty to animals, authorized to make arrests under the provisions of § 10-609 of the Criminal Law Article; or

            (5)      A volunteer or professional of a fire and rescue service.

      (c)      A person may not use force of any kind to remove from a motor vehicle:

            (1)      A dog used by the State or a local governing body for police work while the dog is on duty; or

            (2)      A cat or dog in the custody of an animal control officer.

      (d)      A person described in subsection (b) of this section may not be held liable for any damages directly resulting from actions taken under the provisions of subsection (b) of this section.