This is a GREAT way to start the new year. Now if only other states would follow suit:
Californians won’t have to worry about being sued or arrested for breaking into a hot unattended car to rescue an animal under a new law taking effect in 2017….
[I]n Los Angeles, bystanders watched a dog die in a hot car while waiting for law enforcement to arrive.
“Law enforcement asked, ‘how come you guys didn’t break the window or try to get into the vehicle?’ and the bystanders told them they were afraid of being arrested or being sued,” says Dan Felizzatto with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. The office was one of the sponsors of the bill.
The new law protects people from any liability. Law enforcement must be called first, the animal must be in imminent danger, and people can’t use more force than necessary to rescue the animal.