Canine Rights

NC Legislation Will Allow Breaking Into Vehicles to Rescue Dogs from Hot Cars

The North Carolina House passed a bill yesterday that gives explicit permission to use “any reasonable means” to rescue dogs and other animals left in hot cars.

Currently, 14 US-states prohibit pet owners from leaving animals in hot vehicles, and most allow law enforcement officers to enter the vehicle to rescue a dog in distress. However, North Carolina’s new law, if passed by the governor’s signature, will allow not only police officers, but also firefighters, animal control officers, and other rescue workers to take necessary action in saving an animal’s life.

Bob Marotto, the director of the Orange County Department of Animal Services, is thrilled with the new legislation and hopeful that it will pass, saying “I think that’s a valuable tool for local animal control agencies to have to deal with animals that are in vehicles and distressed.”

Marotto’s department receives about 5 calls each week from concerned citizens reporting dogs trapped in hot cars. This legislation will allow his officers to take action, rather than wait previous moments from police to arrive on scene.

On an 80-degree sunny day, the inside temperature of a vehicle can soar to over 110-degrees in just a matter of minutes. Once an animal begins exhibiting signs of distress, immediate care is necessary for survival.

Way to go, North Carolina! We’re looking forward to 49 more states following your lead!



  1. Thump

    Sep 9, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    The only real idiots morons here are the brainless people that are taking their dog/cat/whatever to the store knowing that they will be in that store for a long time and leave that animal locked up in a hot car. How stupid can you get? That’s beyond stupid that is just plain brainless. You brain dead people that thinks it’s old news/ it’s alright/ it’s just a dog or a cat, you need to be done the same way. let’s see how you feel after 15 minutes setting in a vehicle that the inside will hit maybe 125 degrees or more with now water. If i see a animal locked up like that in a vehicle I’ll bust that window out and that animal is coming out of there one way or the other. I don’t give a damn about the owner. I’ll call the law and deal with it when they arrive. That should be a nation wide federal law it is flat out animal abuse and neglect. I would really love to see a law passed about putting a dog in the back of a pick up truck and having it ride. What if that dog jumped out of that truck while it’s moving. GOOD GRIEF MORONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Amanda

    Jun 30, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    All fine and dandy till you get the idiot that did not notice the car was running with a/c.

    • Thump

      Sep 9, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Amanda, think about what your saying here. Ok your going to the store to do some shopping, your going to be in the store 30 minutes to hour maybe longer. You take your pet with you and leave it in the vehicle locked up with the ac on. That’s stupid from the word go. (1) while that vehicle is setting there running with the ac on for a long period of time it is a very possible that engine is being over worked by the ac just setting still and that engine will over heat. What happens then? That engine shuts down from over heating maybe even catches on fire. (2) A car thief has found him a real nut job here. The car thief sees him a car just setting there running with nobody in it just a pet. What does the thief do? Bust your window out takes car and pet. So is it really fine and dandy? Is it really worth the risk? Just asking.

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