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Bill to Allow Citizens to Save Dogs Trapped in Hot Cars Passes Illinois House


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Dogs die in hot cars – it continues to happen. And one by one states are stepping up to allow ordinary citizens to legally break into cars – without retribution – to save animals. Illinois is now on its way to becoming the 12th state to do so.

HB 4191and amendments to HB 4191 just passed the Illinois House of Representatives with a resounding 78 to 27 vote. See how your representative voted here.

Next, the bill will go to the Illinois Senate. If you believe that you should have the legal right to rescue a dog in absolute despair from a hot car – after attempting to contact animal control or law enforcement, contact your state senator and express your point of view.

In surprising opposition of the bill were the Illinois Veterinary Medical Association and the American Kennel Club, explained in this post.

In the end – public education has not worked, as dogs do continue to die in hot cars. Something needed to be done. I have little doubt – particularly with continued public support – that the Illinois Senate vote will be any different, may be even more supportive.  Many groups, including some Chicago Aldermen were out front supported the bill – which was directed by the Humane Society of the United States.

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