20 Jul '13, 12am

Should Police Break Into Cars To Save Animals?

Should Police Break Into Cars To Save Animals?

Earlier this week, a small dog in Rhode Island died when it was left inside a car in the sweltering summer heat. Also, a woman in the same town was warned that she was teetering on a crime when she saved a pit bull from possibly the same fate. Now, the North Carolina House of Representative has passed legislation that gives police, firefighters and other rescue workers the authority to break into cars if they see dogs or other animals in hot weather. It has been sent to the state’s Senate. If it becomes law, authorities can enter a vehicle “by any reasonable means” when they suspect an animal is at risk for any reason, not just heat. There are local ordinances in North Carolina that already provide this authority, but Rep. Pricey Harrison, the Greensboro Democrat who sponsored the bill, saw the need to make it a statewide law. On the House floor, Rep. Harrison mentioned th...

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