Rescue for dogs in distress
It’s now legal for a cop to break a window to save a puppy.
The new law, passed this session, takes effect this week and gives law enforcement legal protection if they bust a window to save an animal in distress.
“The new law protects police and other first responders from liability associated with breaking into a car where an animal is in distress and assesses a $125 fine for offenders,” Sen. Joe Fain, a Republican from Auburn, who worked to pass the law wrote on his Facebook page.
The law does not give the public ability to break into a car.
And, Fain wrote on his Facebook page, he would never encourage anyone to break in and rescue a pet.
He continued, “I would in no way suggest that you select the window on the far side of the vehicle from where the pet is located. And I wouldn’t hint at the fact that the weakest spot on a car window is the lower corner, and not, as you might think, the center of the window. Once shattered, I wouldn’t urge that you clear the rest of the debris away from the top of the window down using a tool and never your hand. And, by no means would I recommend that you immediately give the animal water or that you take it home and keep it.”