§ 21-1004.1. Cats or dogs left in standing or parked vehicle
(a) Endangering health of animal prohibited. — 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) Use of reasonable force to remove animal from vehicle. — 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) Exceptions. — 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) Liability. — 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.