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As the summer continues to heat up, there is incredible
danger for pets trapped in hot cars, even if the windows are cracked. A
Tennessee law is now allowing citizens to legally break into cars if an animal
is left inside.
They must first ensure that the car doors are locked, and the
child or animal is in danger of overheating and suffering harm if not
immediately removed. They must also notify police as soon as possible.
The ASPCA is strongly in support of the passing of this law,
which gives good Samaritans the power to help animals in need.
"It takes only minutes for a pet to face death. On a
78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 160 degrees, even
with the windows cracked," Chloe Waterman, senior manager of state
legislative strategy for the ASPCA, told NBC News.
While there is danger for either children or animals to be
trapped in cars, it can be worse for animals. They do not respond in the same
way as humans do.
"If you leave a dog, as soon as they begin to feel that they
are overheating, they get anxious and panicked," KC Theisen, director of
pet care issues at the Humane Society, told NBC News. "That causes their
heart rate and body temperature to spike, putting them in more danger."