Bill Allows Rescue Workers to Break Into Vehicles to Save Animals

June 25, 2014 | By Riddle & Brantley Accident Injury Lawyers
Bill Allows Rescue Workers to Break Into Vehicles to Save Animals

Rescue Workers Can Break Into Hot Cars to Save Overheating Dogs, Other Animals

The North Carolina House passed a bill in 2014 that would allow rescue workers to use "any reasonable means" to rescue distressed animals that were left in hot cars. As of 2014, there were 14 states that prohibit pet owners from leaving animals in a hot vehicle. Most of the 14 states allow police officers to enter a vehicle to rescue a distressed animal. North Carolina became the first state to give not only police officers, but also firefighters, animal control officers, and other rescue workers the ability to take necessary action to help save an animal in distress.

Our Support of Animal Welfare

At Riddle & Brantley, we want to remind all pet owners that temperatures inside a vehicle can rise quickly, especially during the summer months. We're also especially concerned about lost dogs, and invite you to seek free help from our firm to find a missing dog in North Carolina.