By on July 9, 2015

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Passersby can now break a window to save a dog from dying inside a car on a hot day in Tennessee, according to Time.

That state added to its “Good Samaritan” law to include protecting pups from sweltering heat by breaking a window. According to the Humane Society, a car can heat up in 30 minutes to nearly 120 degrees inside if the outside temperature is 85 degrees.

According to the new law, people should reasonably search for the owner of the car or notify police before breaking the car’s window. Bark Post reports that 16 states have similar laws on the books.

 

Although Colorado doesn’t have a Good Samaritan law specifically protecting people from saving pets, a spokeswoman with the Denver Police Department said a passerby may break a car window to save an animal after calling animal control. Nearly every state offers protection to Good Samaritans breaking windows to save children.

A woman in Georgia recently dropped charges against a man who broke her window to save a dog after a local dealership offered to replace her window for free.

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36 Comments on “Good Samaritans Can Break Windows to Save Dogs in Tennessee...”


  • avatar
    RideHeight

    Break two windows for crossflow.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      I’d break out every window, windshield and maybe a couple headlights just in case. Only then would I search for the owner to break a few more things.

    • 0 avatar
      greaseyknight

      You have to watch out for the crazies who go nuts over a dog being left in a car (not DenverMike I’m sure)

      Neighbor left her dog in the car for 10 minutes, windows were cracked, and it was a sunny but cool day. She locked the doors and left the windows mostly up as she didn’t want someone to steal the dog. Comes back after the 10 minutes to a woman who lights into her for leaving the dog. Dogs fine and happy, not hot in the least. Some folks think its never OK, and they have a mission to rescue any poor dog left alone in a car.

      If the dog is actually hot, go ahead and do something, but don’t get all paranoid.

      • 0 avatar
        DenverMike

        I’ve had an old lady complain to security at Walmart and yeah my dog was panting a little bit. My windows were completely down, parked under a tree, white truck and 75 degrees. Dogs pant laying on the grass, under a tree and sipping cold lemonade,

        I show a lot of restraint unless I know the dog is in real danger. I’ve never broken out glass, but I have broken into cars warmer days. I always carry lockout tools though. But I would lose my mind if I saw a dog in real danger or possibly dead/dying. But what court could convict me for going completely apeshit???

      • 0 avatar
        S2k Chris

        “You have to watch out for the crazies who go nuts over a dog being left in a car (not DenverMike I’m sure)”

        I got a lecture one time for someone about my dog in the car and then I pointed out THE CAR WAS RUNNING WITH THE A/C ON. It was friggin’ 68* in there. Woman left in a huff. Too many people these days hear things without understanding them, “OH MY GOD DOG IN A PARKED CAR WINDOWS UP” well, wait a friggin’ minute, what about the A/C ya dipsh*t??

        In fairness, the woman might have been mad at my subtle response of “THE FCKING CAR IS RUNNING YOU INBRED MORON.”

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      “Break two windows for crossflow.”

      Also a sense of symmetry.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      Koreans eat dogs.

      I talked to a TRW who travels to Korea every so often (hates it there, btw) and he said dog is on many menus at restaurants and served at street hawker food stalls.

      Do they still eat cats in China?

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    What about infants?

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      PrincipalDan – nahhh. that would infringe upon a person’s right to parent as they see fit ;)

    • 0 avatar
      Athos Nobile

      I was about to ask the same Dan.

      Specially because here every summer at least one child dies inside a car because parents leave them in a car under the sun. 35-40²C outside are easily 70-80²C inside.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Awful

        • 0 avatar
          PrincipalDan

          Someone did a correlation study between infants being left in cars and dying of the heat and laws and safety seat designs that forced people to put their kids in the backseat.

          Guess what? Out of sight out of mind.

          Most places require you to have a license for your dog but you only need functioning genitalia to have a child.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            “Most places require you to have a license for your dog but you only need functioning genitalia to have a child.”

            Don’t worry, they’ll get to licensing reproduction eventually. Won’t that be a fun national issue?

          • 0 avatar
            RideHeight

            “Don’t worry, they’ll get to licensing reproduction eventually.”

            I want to go cryo until that Happy Day!

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I’m leery of Cryo, they might see my name and never wake me up.

    • 0 avatar
      jpolicke

      In that case I think they should use the Jaws of Life to snip the roof off. As soon as the snow melts you start hearing about these kind of tragedies on the news. No excuse.

  • avatar
    GermanReliabilityMyth

    Somehow, I have a feeling insurance group lobbyists had a hand in this legislation.

    Jokes aside, I can see this going badly in a hurry regardless of the good intent. You’re counting on people to not use it as a lame excuse to smash someone’s window (an ex, enemy, feeling vandalistic that day, etc). What is considered a good faith effort? Are there guidelines and how to do you verify that? Should people call animal control first?

    I’ve heard of instances where someone had an officer called on them because they had a stuffed animal in their car, which was mistaken for a pet suffering from heat exhaustion. Not even kidding. Another person’s daughter had one of those life-like baby dolls which was sitting face down in the rear footwell, who also got a visit from the constabulary. I’m sure they had fun explaining that one.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      “I can see this going badly in a hurry regardless of the good intent.”

      Smash that window and have your esophagus torn from your neck by that 140lb Pitbull you just rescued.

      • 0 avatar
        clivesl

        I’ve seen pictures of a 140lb pitbull and he isn’t fitting out of a bay window anytime soon.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          In reality 140 lb pitbulls tend to sit in the back of rusty lifted pickups with Harley Davidson stickers all over the back window driven by tattooed toothless skinny dudes in sleeveless plaid flannel shirts.

          • 0 avatar
            CJinSD

            Is that still the case in Canada? Here in the Obamination, pitbulls have been one of the three most popular dogs for years. Pretty much everyone stupid enough to like Kanye West has one.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            CJinSD – pitbulls aren’t even in the Top 10 in Canada. Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and German Sheppard’s tend to be perennial Top 3 dogs. The USA mirrors the top 3 in Canada. I’ve owned all 3 breeds but Golden’s and Lab’s are by far my favourite. I’ve taken a shine to Flat Coated Retrievers since they have similar personality traits but are more rare. That makes them more unlikely for me to buy though since the rarity means higher prices.

  • avatar
    VenomV12

    I agree with this law for the most part but you better damn well be sure that you are in the right when you do it. I can start my car with my cellphone and have done so when I traveled with my dog before. I can go in and if I am taking longer than expected, I can just turn on the car and run the AC for 15 mins or so, so if you smashed my windows, you would be expecting a lawsuit from me, at the least replacing my window and fixing any damage.

    • 0 avatar
      wmba

      I understand what you’re doing and it’s fine by me.

      However, many municipalities make it an offense to idle cars beyond three minutes, as a quick search will show.

      Now, how do you get around that?

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        >> Now, how do you get around that?

        With my EV, I can leave the climate control running with the car “off”. If the climate control was to switch off for some reason, I get an email and/or text from the car.

  • avatar
    robc123

    ha ha. I bet their will be litigation for owners whose pets bit the people breaking the windows.

  • avatar
    notapreppie

    Good. Now if only we can make leaving dogs (and people) in hot cars a felony (currently, only New Hampshire does this and only on the second offense)…

    For more info on which states have which laws regarding this:
    https://www.animallaw.info/topic/table-state-laws-protect-animals-left-parked-vehicles

  • avatar
    madman2k

    I agree that it’s cruel to kill an animal that way, but aren’t people always complaining that dogs and cats are reproducing too much and overpopulating various cities? More than one way to look at the issue…

    I have left a dog in my Prius for a little while several times and if it’s hot out I will have the A/C running, the gas motor just cycles on and off once in a while and I can lock it with the actual key from the driver’s door. Always wondered if some idiot do-gooder would smash a window even though it’s colder in the car than outside.

    Oklahoma seems to be full of people who are ‘experts’ on raising kids and taking care of animals and feel it’s their God-given right to shove their ‘expertise’ down a stranger’s throat in public. Might be everywhere, who knows.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      “More than one way…”

      There’s not. I’m sure you didn’t think that through. Same as taking the dog with you on a hot day. If you’re scared to leave the windows down with the AC full blast, keep going unlit you reach home or where ever you can take the dog out of the car.

      • 0 avatar
        VenomV12

        You do realize that life is not perfect and sometimes you have to travel or make trips that necessitate taking your dog with you, right? You really need to think things through before you make your comments.

        • 0 avatar
          DenverMike

          I’m sure you can figure out how to not put the dog in danger, or a sticky situation. There’s many places and times I can’t leave my dog/dogs. So I take them home or to friend’s house and go back to the store or where ever. You make sacrifices other times.

          In emergencies I’ve left them with security, cashiers or greeters, etc. But it’s amazing how many places are dog friendly, if you ask. That’s if I can’t find a suitable shady tree, windows down and AC/engine running.

          If you can’t figure it out, you shouldn’t be a pet parent or left with pet sitting responsibilities.

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