As the summer sun heats up you load the family car with pool toys, picnic baskets, and your pet, but there’s also a huge risk looming in the humid air: leaving your four-legged friend unattended in the car.
With dozens of cases of pets dying due to heat exhaustion in the car, Ohio Governor decided to take action! He signed a bill into law that protects a person who breaks into a hot car to save a minor or pet from the heat.
In Ohio, it’s completely legal for people to force their way into a locked vehicle if police are unable to come to the rescue in time.
Police and lawmakers say the person must first dial 9-1-1 and check to see if the door is locked BEFORE breaking into the vehicle.
That one-minute errand you have to run could become deadly for your pet if it takes even just a little longer than you expect.
On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a car can soar well over 100 degrees even after a few minutes. On a 90-degree day, the inside of your car can reach 160 degrees in just 10 minutes, according to PETA.
The animal rights organization urges people to take down a car’s make, model, and license plate number so owners can be paged at the building you’re closest to. If you don’t see them arrive within a few minutes calling 9-1-1 isn’t a crazy idea–it could save their pets lives!
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