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CO Bill Protects Dog Rescuers

In Colorado you can now legally save a dog at risk of dying inside a hot car. Last week Governor Hickenlooper signed a bill granting immunity to anyone who takes appropriate action before, during and after a rescue.


The Colorado law now allows you to break into someone’s locked car to save the dog from dying from the heat. First, the dog must be in genuine danger inside the locked car.


Second, you have to try to find the owner. If you can’t find the owner, then you can use reasonable force to break into the car and take the dog out. After breaking into the car, the rescuer must call police and wait until they arrive. If the rescuer does not follow these rules, the police can prosecute the rescuer.



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