Republican Governor Rick Scott has signed House Bill 131 into law. This law will allow people to break into locked vehicles to rescue animals or people who are “in imminent danger of suffering harm.”
In Florida, children and pets have regularly suffered by being left in overheated cars. Many have died.
Rightfully so, there are guidelines for the law to apply.
- You must check that the vehicle is locked.
- After doing so, call 911 or law enforcement before entering the vehicle or immediately after rescuing the child or pet.
- Use no more force than is necessary to break in — and remain with the person or animal until first-responders arrive.
All of these guidelines seem very reasonable to me.
Well done to the State of Florida!
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand