A new law in Tennessee legally allows strangers to save stranded pets from hot cars.

A new law in Tennessee legally allows strangers to save stranded pets from hot cars.

The law was instated at the beginning of the month and it's being applied in 16 other states in U.S. where a citizen is legally protected from lawsuits in such a predicament. Up until July 1, there was a Samaritan Law in Tennessee and it referred only to saving kids, but now it has been extended to pets as well.

In other words, the new law is going to protect those who smash the windows or fiddle with the locks to open up the hot car and save the precious kids and/or pets inside. However, that doesn't mean a bystander will immediately break into the car to save the pet as first he has to make sure the vehicle is locked and the child and/or animal is indeed in a real immediate danger while calling the police is also a must.

It's a sad thing that we need laws like this as kids and pets should not be abandoned in cars at all, especially on a scorching summer day where the temperature inside the cabin can literally reach deadly levels.

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