Vermont followed other states to allow citizens help trapped dogs in hot cars.
When dogs get trapped in hot cars they suffer a lot. They are different from human adults, though a human adult would suffer also great heat that would affect the neurological system in a short time.
During the summer, the temperature can reach 90 degree, which means it would be more than 130 degrees inside a locked car! In an attempt to rescue and save puppies that are left alone in locked cars, many USA states and cities issue laws granting citizens full legal action in case of breaking a car to save a pup.
Vermont became the newest USA state to adopt this law. They issued a law that took effect on July 1. The issue states that people that would break hot cars to save trapped dogs or children won’t face any illegal crimes.
The procedures the law states are as follow: when people suspect that a dog or a child is trapped in a hot car, they need first to reach any law enforcement and call 911 first. Then, they need to make sure the car is actually locked and there is no need for excessive force to enter the vehicle.
Finally, they need to stay with the dog or the child until help comes in the way and they are required to leave a note explaining what they have done. The law also states that they can charge the car owner for animal cruelty for leaving their puppy locked in a hot car.
Vermont followed up other states in issuing this ‘Good Samaritan’ law with other states that grant the same right for breaking into hot cars to rescue distressed dogs just for police officers and animal control officials.