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It’s Now Legal To Save Pets From Hot Cars In Tennessee

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It’s Now Legal To Save Pets From Hot Cars In Tennessee

Catie Grossane

 IG @Penney_theminischnauzer is ready to go for a ride! Look at that smile!

IG @Penney_theminischnauzer is ready to go for a ride! Look at that smile!

If you see a dog in trouble, you’re going to want to try and help it—even if that means breaking a car window on a hot day. Some people might think twice before doing so, fearing the legal consequences, but people in one state don’t have to worry about that now. Congratulations to Tennessee on leading the charge!

One Small Leap For Tennessee, One Giant Leap For Canines

Animal rights advocates and loving pet owners are all very happy to hear about Tennessee’s new law. It’s already in effect and is an extension of the Good Samaritan law that allows people to break into a hot car to free a child—citizens can now also free trapped animals. 

The Details

Here’s how it works. As long as the good samaritan attempts to find the animal’s owner and notifies police, they’ll be protected from civil liability if a vehicle is damaged during a rescue. The Nashville Fire Department’s chief of staff sums it up, saying, “If you act reasonably, as any reasonable person would respond, you will not be at fault to save a life.”

Why It Matters

Tennessee is really making history with this, as it’s the first state to put a rule like this one the books. State Representative David Hawk, who sponsored the law adds, “On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 160 degrees, even with the windows cracked.” In other words: this law is necessary and has been a long time coming!  

Play It Safe

Keep in mind that id you have to run errands in the summertime, it’s best to leave your dog at home in the first place. Also, if you don’t live in Tennessee and you see a dog in danger inside of a hot car, don’t hesitate to call 911--you really could be saving a life! While it’s important to stay safe in all situations involving the summer heat, it’s also important to remember to have fun out there in the great weather! Enjoy the sweet summer while it lasts!