NEW YORK— In a new bill proposed May 26 by assemblyman John Ceretto, ordinary citizens could break into a car to save a dog’s life. In most areas, it’s only legal for police officers or humane society workers to physically remove a dog from an extremely hot or cold car in order to save its life. The new A7715 bill would allow everyday citizens to do the same.
The bill states that if the operator of the car can’t be found, any person can take the necessary steps to remove the animal from the vehicle. They would then have put a note on the car with the address of where the animal would be taken.
Of course, a person can’t break into the car without good reason. The temperatures have to be life threatening, and there has to be a genuine effort to seek out the owner or a police officer.
Another thing the bill suggests is that if someone breaks into a car to save an animal, and they have a legitimate reason to do so, they aren’t be liable for damages. Tough break, huh?
Any pet that is removed from a dangerous situation will be taken to a designated shelter after receiving any necessary emergency medical care. The civilian who rescued the pet must leave both their own contact information, and the information of the shelter where the pet was taken.
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