Legislation and welfare must go hand in hand. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania have made sure to adhere to this basic rule of lawmaking as they recently passed the bill to support protection of animals stuck in hot vehicles.
As per this new law, authorities in Pennsylvania, which include law enforcement officers, animal control officers, emergency responders and humane society officers, among others, “..are not liable for damage to a motor vehicle or the contents thereof caused by entry into the motor vehicle for the purpose of removing a dog or cat”.
This law further stresses that it is there only to prevent animals from “imminent danger” and that authorities must make a “reasonable effort” to locate the driver before breaking in. Necessary care should be taken for the well-being of the dog, and a note should be left on the car stating “the reason entry was made, the name of the person and of the person’s employer, a telephone number and, if possible, the location where the dog or cat may be retrieved”.
While this law does not apply to private citizens, it has come as a breakthrough in the field of animal rescue. It also makes it illegal to leave an animal in a hot car. Studies have shown that a dog left in a hot car can die in six minutes! Naturally, we must all be more careful before leaving our pets locked in hot cars.
Check out the video below to watch the report on this historic judgment!