A proposed Florida bill will allow people to smash car windows to free pets


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A new bill was proposed Monday, Sept. 1, that would allow people to smash the window of a hot car if a pet owner left a dog or cat inside. 

Sen. Dorothy Hukill, of Port Orange, filed the Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety act or "P.A.W.S. act., which essentially allows first responders, animal control officers, or pretty much anyone to gain access to a vehicle and remove unattended pets if the animals' "health is endangered" and if the owners can't be found, reports WPTV.  

Hukill's bill would allow window smashing (with the intent to free a pet) to be done without criminal or civil liability, which means you can feel free to choose between a baseball bat, a cinder block, a fist wrapped in denim, whatever you want. 

"Pets are extremely vulnerable to heat-related injury or death if left in a vehicle, especially on a hot day," Hukill said. "Individuals who risk their pets' lives by leaving them in hot cars need to be held accountable." 

The bill would also make leaving your pet in a hot car a first-degree misdemeanor.  

According to WPTV, the bill has an exemption for agriculture animals that are being transported. 

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