A new Colorado law makes it legal to break into a hot car to save the life of a dog, cat or child. Prior to the enactment of the new law, any person breaking into a car could be subject to charges of criminal mischief, trespassing or tampering. To be exempt from such charges, a person must reasonably believe that the unattended pet or child is in imminent danger of death or serious injury, and before breaking in, they must exhaust all other rescue options, such as attempting to contact the owner of the car and calling the police.
Jackie Brown is a freelance writer from Southern California who specializes in the pet industry. Reach her at jackiebrownwriter.wordpress.com.
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