(KGTV)--A new California law allows citizens to intervene if a dog is left in a dangerously hot vehicle with civil and criminal liability immunity. However care should be taken to ensure Good Samaritans follow the following rules saving Fido.
AB 797 was introduced by Assemblymen Marc Steinnorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga) and Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) after several instances of dog deaths due to being left in cars on hot days. It was supported by the Humane Society of America.
Steps to take before breaking car windows to free a dog
- Call law enforcement to report the situation involving a dog in peril
- Check to make sure there isn't a way into the vehicle. Are any of the doors unlocked?
- Wait for law enforcement but if it's taking too long and the dog is in "imminent danger of suffering harm," you can proceed
- Use no more force than is necessary under the circumstances to enter the vehicle and remove the dog
- Stay with the rescued dog until a law enforcement, animal control or another emergency responder arrives
You must have a "good faith belief" that forcible entry is necessary to prevent danger and harm to the dog.
Congratulations on saving a life!
Sandy Coronilla is a KGTV digital producer. Follow her @10NewsSandy