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Today we are “hot” (no pun intended), on the trail regarding dog related deaths and tips on leaving your furry buddy in a hot car. With high temps coming this week, we feel it’s a very important subject. We hope it will raise awareness. One of our top goals has always been to “Save One Dog at a Time”.
One of the the questions we wanted to know regarding today’s topic is “what kind of legalities” are involved in breaking a window or entering a persons vehicle to save a dying dog? Here‘s what we found ...
✅ It’s a very complex subject. Currently there are only 8 states where breaking into the car is legal. Those states are: California, Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio and Tennessee. It’s called the “Good Samaritan” law. It allows any person to break a car window to save a pet. Alabama and Arizona have bills pending.
✅ Although 29 states have some form of “hot car” law that prohibits leaving a companion animal unattended in a parked vehicle, the laws differ drastically from place to place:
✅ In six of those states — California, Florida, Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin — “Good Samaritans” must first contact law enforcement before breaking into the car in order for their actions to be considered legal.
✅ In 19 states, only public officials such as law enforcement and humane officers can legally break into a car to rescue an animal (Arizona, California, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Washington).
✅ In New Jersey and West Virginia, although it is illegal to confine an animal in a hot car, no one has the authority to break into a vehicle to save the animal, not even law enforcement.
✅ Let people know it’s not okay to leave their pet unattended in a car.
When an animal dies in a hot car, most of their humans say they left them “just for a minute.” If you see someone leave their animal in a parked car, tell them that even if it’s a pleasant day outside, the temperature inside the car can skyrocket fast. Cracking a window doesn’t eliminate the risk of heatstroke or death.
Thanks to the folks at the ”Animal Legal Defense Fund” for providing this information.