New Florida Law Makes It Legal to Break into a Hot Car to Rescue Overheating Dogs

Thanks to new Florida law, concerned dog lovers can now legally remove dogs trapped in overheating cars.

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Under the new “Unattended Persona and Animals in Motor Vehicles” House Bill 131, lawmakers state that good Samaritans are now immune to the damage done to a vehicle while attempting to rescue trapped pets.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, on an average 85 degree Fahrenheit day, it takes just 10 minutes for a parked car to exceed 102 degrees. This occurs even when the windows are left open and the car is in the shade.

Within 30 minutes, the car’s temperature can exceed a deadly 120 degrees.

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But before you start smashing windows, here’s what you should do:

1) Determine that the vehicle is locked or there is no other reasonable method for the dog to exit the car without breaking the window.

2) Contact a law enforcement agency or 911 before entering the vehicle.

3) Use no more force than necessary to make entry into the vehicle and remove the dog.

4) Stay with the dog in a safe location, in reasonable proximity to the vehicle, until law enforcement arrives.

For more info, check out Bull 131 in full here.