Florida Residents Can Now Smash Car Windows to Save Pets or People

A dog can experience life-threatening heat stroke if its body temperature hits 107.

Florida Residents Can Now Smash Car Windows to Save Pets or People

Photo via (cc) Flickr user K. Herbrand

Last year, GOOD reported on how dangerous it is to keep a dog in a car on a warm day by sharing the video of a veterinarian trapped in a hot SUV. According to, If you leave a dog in a car when it’s 70 degrees outside, the interior will heat up to 89 degrees in just 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 104 degrees. If a dog’s internal temperature rises to 105 degrees, it’s at risk for heat exhaustion. At 107, it can experience heat stroke. In order to protect dogs and children trapped in cars, there’s a growing movement to deputize people to save them.

Just recently, Florida became the second state to pass a law protecting good Samaritans who smash open car windows to save a pet or person. The Unattended Persons and Animals in Motor Vehicles act (House Bill 131) gives people in Florida permission to break a window if they see a person or pet struggling. But you just can’t smash windows willy-nilly.

Some facts you should know before smashing:

- You must first make sure all car doors are locked.
- Call 911 before entering the vehicle or immediately after.
- You can’t use any more force than what’s necessary to free the pet or person.
- You must remain with the person or animal until first responders arrive.

(H/T Bored Panda)

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