Starting in early July, the state of Tennessee extended a law that allows anyone to break into a hot car if an animal is trapped. The extension adds onto the Good Samaritan Law, which allows breaking into cars in order to rescue a child. This law now also pertains to animals.
Seeing a dog stuck in a car on a hot day is not an unlikely site. Recently, a man from Georgia was arrested and placed in jail for trying to save a dog.
The new measure of Tennessee’s law protects those who are rescuing the animals from civil liability if the vehicle is damaged. Basically, you won’t be thrown into jail for trying to save a life.
Of course before breaking into someone’s car, you must take necessary precautions. One must first attempt to search for the owner of the car and also notify law enforcement.
According to The Humane Society, pets should never be left in a parked car even if it is for a minute. If the weather was at a warm 85-degrees, in a short 10 minutes the inside temperature of a car with its windows slightly opened can reach a dangerous 102 degrees.
Tennessee is now part of the 17 states in America that have laws protecting dogs in hot cars.