North Carolina House of Representatives has passed a bill to allow rescue workers, animal control officers and firefighters, permission to break in and save dogs left in hot cars


4p48v3jdykosdb7h9hcv_normalNorth Carolina House of Representatives has passed a bill to allow rescue  workers, animal control officers and firefighters, permission to break in and  save dogs left in hot cars.

The bill outlines that emergency responders would be able to use any  reasonable means to enter a vehicle if they suspect an animal is at  risk.

Officials would be able to respond if they feel “conditions that are likely  to cause suffering, injury, or death to the animal due to heat, cold, lack of  adequate ventilation, or under other endangering conditions.” However, they must  first make a reasonable efffort to locate the owner or other person responsible  for the animal.

The legislation was passed this past week and now goes on to the Governor’s  office before being signed into law. The amendment to Senate Bill 626 was  co-sponsored by Pricey Harrison after she learned how hot the inside of a car  gets when left in the heat.

She told WFMY  News, “I was surprised that we did not have a state law that allows for the  rescue of animals left in hot cars. 14 other states do.” She said veterinarians  raised the issue to her after seeing several cats and dogs that’ve been kept in  hot cars on a weekly basis.

But she pointed out that it does not mean ordinary citizens can be vigilante  animal rescuers. Instead, if someone sees an animal in distress they should call  911.
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