Good news out of Tennessee – it’s now perfectly legal to break into a car if you’re trying to save a pet.
A new state law protects people from being sued if they free an animal from a hot car. While 16 other states have some protections for animals being left in parked cars/penalties for jackasses who leave animals in hot cars (AZ, CA, IL, ME, MD, MN, NC, NV, NH, NJ, NY, ND, RI, SD, VT, and WV), Tennessee is the first to extend its “Good Samaritan Law” to protecting the people trying to help animals.
The law in Tennessee passed after a Georgia man found himself behind bars in TN for breaking a car window to save a pup in serious distress. The owner of the car later dropped the charges.
Hopefully this law will soon make its way to other states for two reasons:
1- crappy pet owners will think twice before leaving their animals in a hot car
2- good people won’t think twice before stepping in to help an animal in need
On an 85-degree day, the temps in a parked car can reach up to 120 degrees in a half hour – even with a window cracked. So don’t accidentally bake your pup out of negligence and stupidity – because someone will hopefully break your window.