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Proposed bill would let passersby break into hot cars to rescue pets

Cropped Photo: Donald Lee Pardue / CC BY 2.0

BOSTON (WGME) - As people and pets face increased health risks in this heat, a bill in Massachusetts will allow people to break a car window if they see a pet suffering from heat inside.

The bill passed the legislature and is now on the governor's desk to sign.

It would allow passersby to break a car window if an animal appeared to be in imminent danger, but the passerby would have to make an effort to find the owner first and call police.

The bill would also ban people from leaving a pet in locked car during extreme weather conditions.

Sixteen states already have specific “hot car” laws and 22 have laws that concern leaving a pet unattended in a parked vehicle.



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