INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A bill proposed by Indiana lawmakers would give immunity to anyone trying to rescue an animal from a hot car.
Rep. Anthony Cook (R) authored House Bill 1085 which was presented to the House Committee on Judiciary today. The bill passed the committed with a 9-1 vote.
Currently in Indiana, you may be subject to legal action and civil liability for property damage if you break into a motor vehicle to save an animal.
“Indiana is one of 27 states that does not have a law that protects citizens who rescue animals left in a hot car,” Cook said. “I have seen many news reports of incidents of terrible suffering by unattended animals, and many times death occurs. Animal shelters and control agencies across the U.S. receive at least one or two calls a day. There are about 13,600 community animal shelters nationwide — that’s 13,600 to 27,200 dogs being left in hot cars each day. That’s not including all the 911 calls to the police departments across the country. I have compassion for animals placed in these neglectful situations and I want to prevent other tragedies.”
House Bill 1085 would protect you from any charges so long as you call 911 or contact police first.
Currently, 25 states have laws that offer protection to animals in hot cars, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund.