A reminder for the summer time that as of January 2017 in the state of California it is legal to break into a hot car to save an animal that you fear might be in danger, if you are unable to locate the owner first. You must also contact authorities before doing so.
According to the law, following the necessary steps before breaking into the vehicle should protect you from the civil and criminal liabilities that exempt you from paying for property damage, or trespassing.
- MAKE AN ATTEMPT TO CONTACT OWNER
- CONTACT AUTHORITIES BEFORE YOU ACT
- DO AS MINIMAL DAMAGE AS YOU CAN
- MAKE SURE YOU ARE RIGHT
It remains illegal to leave an animal alone in a car that poses danger, just as it is with leaving a child under 6 unattended in a running car, one with keys in the ignition, without someone 12 years of age, or older.