Smashing Car Windows to Save Animals Legalized In California

28 Sep 2016 | by | Posted in: Wag News

A new law has been passed in California which says that it is perfectly okay to smash car windows to save animals trapped in parked cars. The law was passed over the weekend and signed by Jerry Brown, the governor of the city. However, the person breaking the car window in order to save the animal should remain with the car till the time police arrive.


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This law was passed seeing the past few incidents that happened in the country. in June 2016, a couple of firefighters in Sacramento, California broke the car window in the parking lot of a shopping mall to save dog’s life who was left by the owner in the car. The temperature was a whopping 91 degrees and inside the car, the condition was even worse. Senior Staff Attorney at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Lora Dunn mentioned saying, “For a dog trapped in a hot car, every minute, every second counts. This legislation is so important because it empowers citizens to ... rescue these animals from these precarious situations.”


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Not only California saw this dog trapped in a car, but a woman in New York City left her dog in the car while she was getting her hair done at a salon. Apart from California, there are other cities too in USA which has similar laws that basically allow one to damage property to save one’s life. Right now, New York and Pennsylvania has a bill pending for the same. Adding to the conversation, Dunn also said that, “We are happy to see all of these laws require citizens to first call 911 or contact law enforcement before taking matters into their own hands. That's for the safety of citizens as well as animals inside the vehicles.”

We hope India also works towards the same kind of legislation and protect the life of animals equally.

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