U.S. Senator Wants Law To Protect People Who Save Pets From Hot Cars

A senator in the United States has proposed an amendment to an existing bill, which would protect citizens from lawsuits if they break into a vehicle to rescue an animal in danger.

State Senator Kay Kirkpatrick came up with the idea after studying if laws were needed to regulate service and support animals, AJC reports. During her research, Kirkpatrick discovered that there was no protection from a lawsuit for someone saving an animal locked in a vehicle.

“I started noticing that there was nothing in there for someone trying to rescue an animal in distress,” she said.

According to Kirkpatrick, the amendment adds language to an existing law protecting those that break into cars to rescue children. The amended bill would require any animal rescuer to immediately call 911 after breaking in to be immune from civil liability.

A similar amendment that would make law enforcement officers not liable for breaking the window of a vehicle to rescue an animal or a person has been proposed by Senator Michael Rhett.

News about these bills come shortly after Tesla announced that it will introduce a ‘Dog Mode’ in its vehicles, which will turn on the air conditioner and play music to ensure pets remain safe when left in a car.

A plethora of automakers have also started to implement safety systems in new vehicles that determine if a child has been left in a vehicle when front-seat occupants have left.


  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    It sounds sensible.

    • Dark Rebel

      It is sensible but I care more about humans than some domesticated animals. People need to be responsible. If a dog dies oh well. It is hard for me to care when we have people who can’t even afford a modest decent place to live.

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        And yet the same humans that we care so much about cause this misery and suffering to animals.

        • TheHake

          Comment of the day!

      • TheHake

        People can look after themselves. If you lock your dog in your car, your window is going bust, buddy. Dogs are better people than people.

  • U8INIT

    I struggle with this…meanwhile blacks are being used for target practice….

    • Steve Cohn

      Most stupid statement this week.

      • U8INIT

        Not remotely surprised you feel that way…

    • TheAmerican2point0

      Wrong site bud.

  • Adilos Nave

    Does it allow for us to punch the owners in the face too? That would be even better!

  • Momogg

    It makes sense.

    Morons are doing the same with babies as well… 😑

  • diesel_vdub

    Very simple solution to the situation you describe. NEVER leave an animal unattended in a vehicle! How is this a difficult concept to comprehend?

  • Meanwhile billions of other animals are tortured and killed for food. Speciesism much?

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Switch the car off. First world problems! Running an ICE to power A/C to keep your animal cool when a window(s) could be opened.
    Hey, gas is cheap and plentiful and it’s not as though running an engine unnecessarily does any harm…

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