The Humane Society's website warns people of the dangers of leaving an animal in a parked car, particularly in the summer months.
On a hot, 85-degree day, the site explains that temperatures rise quickly in motor vehicles. After just 30 minutes, a dog left in a car could suffer organ damage, or even die from overheating.
"Never leave your pets in a parked car. Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on," states The Humane Society site.
That said, Tennessee's Good Samaritan law, that says it is legal for people to break into cars to save children, just got an important update on July 1.
Nashville Fire Department Chief of Staff Mike Franklin told Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN: "If you act reasonably, as any reasonable person would respond, you will not be at fault to save a life. You will not be at any fault to save a life and/or animal."
To put it simply, when a life (whether human or animal) is in danger in a hot car, Tennessee laws say it's okay to break in and save them. Though, the action must be followed by appropriate steps like finding the owner and calling the police in order to be protected under the law.
So be on the lookout this summer — You could help save a life.
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