A law recently passed in Tennessee decriminalizes the act of saving a dog from a boiling metal death-trap. Starting July 1st, Neighbarkhood Watch vigilantes springing a Spaniel or retrieving a Labrador won’t face criminal charges or jail time. The law is an extension of the state’s Good Samaritan law that allows citizens to break into a hot car if they see a child locked inside.
Sixteen states have legislation making it illegal to leave a dog in a car in extreme temperatures. (It’s also legal in Maine to free a pup who’s burning up.)
Nashville Fire Department Chief of Staff Mike Franklin said,
“If you act reasonably, as any reasonable person would respond, you will not be at fault to save a life. You will not be at any fault to save a life and or animals.”
So if you (Tennes)see a dog suffering in a hot vehicle, free it by any means necessary: brick, hammer, coat hanger, screwdriver…and remember to use eye protection if you plan to break glass. (Or um, use your discretion and/or any methods that work for you.)