We all know about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars, but up until now, you couldn’t legally take action if you saw a dog suffering. There have been many reports of people getting sued or even arrested for breaking into cars to rescue dogs that are in distress. Most state laws allow people to break into a car to save a child, but not a pet.
Thankfully, that’s all about to change in Tennessee!
Leaving a dog in a car for as little as 10 minutes can be deadly. The temperature in your car can increase at an alarming rate, meaning danger for your pup. Police are able to break into cars to save dogs, but sometimes that’s not enough. When you are dealing with extremely hot temperatures, waiting for the police is sometimes a deadly option. This new law allows good samaritans in Tennessee to take matters into their own hands when they see a dog in danger. Under this new groundbreaking law that went into effect on July 1st, any animal lover in Tennessee who has to break into a vehicle to save an animal will avoid civil liability. Bravo, Tennessee! Animal lovers everywhere applaud you, and dogs are jumping for joy!
Tennessee’s new law is a great start, but there’s still a long way to go. Let’s encourage other states to follow suit!
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