Breaking Into Cars Is Now Legal In Tennessee – With A Catch
If you've ever wanted the opportunity to break into a vehicle legally, you can do that now in Tennessee. But there's a catch!
Although there's been repeated warnings for drivers not to leave their dogs in vehicles while they go off to do other things, people still do this. Whether they realize it or not, the temperatures rise very quickly, and can easily kill a dog.
In order to combat this lingering problem, legislatures took action, and came up with a solution.
As part of the "Good Samaritan Act," it is now legal for a bystander to break into a vehicle if he/she she's an animal trapped inside. The Act already allows bystanders to break into vehicles if they see a trapped child in the car in dangerously hot temperatures.
"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,” Nashville Fire Department Chief of Staff Mike Franklin told Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN.
The Humane Society warns that on an 85 degree day, temperatures inside a car, even with windows slightly opened, can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes, and 120 degrees after 30 minutes. Temperatures like this are extremely dangerous, and potentially fatal for all animals.
For proof that dog's like air conditioning, here's a puppy's first experience with A/C: