Law would protect those who break into hot cars to save pets

February 17, 2019 - 11:00 am

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia lawmaker is seeking protection for people who break into cars to rescue pets in hot weather.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick is proposing legislation that would protect people from a lawsuit if they damage a vehicle to rescue an animal in danger.

The Marietta Republican says the idea came out of a Senate committee studying whether laws are needed to regulate support or service animals.

Kirkpatrick says she's adding language to an existing law protecting people who rescue children from hot cars. It was passed after the 2015 death of 22-month-old Cooper Harris.

Cooper was killed by his father Justin Ross Harris in a hot car in Cobb County. Harris, who moved to Georgia from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was sentenced to life without parole.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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