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Local Animal Groups Like Hot Pets Bill Signed

Local pet advocates are pleased with a bill signed into law by Governor Brown. It will now allow Californians to rescue animals trapped in hot cars without being prosecuted or sued. That includes letting people smash car windows to see animals free…as long as there is no other way to get them out. The Executive Director of Sammie’s Friends, Cheryl Wickes, says dealing with owners can be difficult sometimes…

click to listen to Cheryl Wickes

The founder of Scooter’s Pals, Susan Wallace, says there usually isn’t much time to decide what to do, if a distressed pet is seen in a vehicle…

click to listen to Susan Wallace

The rescuer must also stay at the scene until law enforcement responds, regardless of whether a vehicle window is broken or not. Wallace says law enforcement can’t often arrive in a few minutes, due to limited resources. But both Wickes and Wallace appear to believe breaking into a vehicle would be a last resort. The law also applies to cold days in winter.

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