A new law better protects animals that are unattended and locked inside a hot car.
The Motor Vehicle Extreme Heat Protection Act was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday. It allows police officers to break into vehicles if they see dogs or cats inside, in distress, and in imminent danger.
The bill states that the officers must first search for the car owner. After removing the pet, they must leave a note for the owner with their information and where the pet can be picked up.
Officers are also protected from liability for any damages.