It’s amazing how quickly the temperature inside a parked car can rise during summer! But amazing becomes alarming when you realize that the parked car contains a panting dog inside it. OH NO!
Studies show that an 80-degrees temperature outside can mean that the temperature inside a car can reach almost 100 degrees within just 10 minutes. If a dog is waiting inside the car during a quick grocery run, the dog could be on the brink of heatstroke by the time the owner returns.
Fellow shoppers and passersby are witness to a panting pooch in distress, but are actually helpless to act.
It is a great blessing that dogs in distress inside hot cars will no longer be a problem in Tennessee, along with 16 other states. Tennessee now has a law against leaving animals alone in cars.
Beginning this month, Tennesseans can legally break into unattended cars to save dogs from sweltering heat. This was inspired by the state’s “Good Samaritan law”, which lets people crowbar doors or smash windows to rescue children. Civilians can now do the same for pets.
The law aims to save animals from heatstroke.
According to Mike Franklin, Nashville’s Fire Department Chief of Staff, “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.”
To comply with the new law (and qualify for its protection!), the rescuers must take certain actions first, like attempting to find the owner and notifying law enforcement before actually breaking in to the car.
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