A new California law now lets people smash a window to save animals trapped in parked cars.
The law, signed over the weekend by governor Jerry Brown, protects people from criminal charges, as long as all other means of saving the animal have been exhausted. And, the person breaking the window must stay with the car until police arrive.
"For a dog trapped in a hot car, every minute, every second counts," Lora Dunn, senior staff attorney at the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), tells The Dodo. "This legislation is so important because it empowers citizens to ... rescue these animals from these precarious situations."