A bill was recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown. It gives Californians a chance to break into vehicles to rescue any animal that is at risk of suffocating in a severely high temperature.
The recent heat waves have made many animals suffer while locked inside sweltering cars. Any good person who would like to help might be afraid of vehicle damage conviction. This new law, called the California Right to Rescue Act, is for the protection of helpful citizens and the safety of the lives of animals in danger.
As a result of several incidents of dogs dying in heatstroke after they have been locked in cars on hot days, Assembly members, Miguel Santiago and Marc Steinorth, along with a few other members, introduced AB 797 to the legislature of California.
This bill states that a citizen must first contact a law enforcement agent if they noticed an animal is in immediate danger. But, if it happens the car is locked, and a law enforcement agent would not arrive soon enough, the citizen can therefore enjoy immunity to any liability for vehicle damage if they decide to break into the car to rescue the animal.
“We’re very happy because we know that this new law will save lives,” wrote Steinorth on Facebook. “We thank all of you who assisted us and showed their support in raising awareness of this serious issue.”
The Los Angeles district attorney’s office and the Humane Society of the U.S both supported the new bill, which we hope will save many lives from inhumane suffering and give inspiration to citizens to help an animal in danger.