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Georgia Senator Proposed Bill to Protect People Who Break into Cars to Save Pets

February 21, 2019

GEORGIA – According to a news story reported online by, a Georgia senator is proposing a bill that would protect people who break into cars to save pets. The bill would shield people from lawsuits when they attempt to rescue pets that have been left in cars and are in distress.*

Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick is proposing a bill in the state legislature that would allow people to avoid liability for vehicle damage after breaking into vehicles to save pets trapped in cars. One such situation would be when pets are left in vehicles on hot days when are in danger of overheating. The law would be added to a law that already exists in Georgia to protect people who break into hot cars to save children.

That bill passed in the state after a child died in a hot car in 2015. Justin Ross Harris was convicted and sentenced to life for leaving his 22-month-old son in a car on a hot day. His son suffered a heat stroke and died in the car. 

Kirkpatrick, who has a therapy dog, said she began researching information on saving pets in similar situations while serving on a committee for regulating service animals. 

“I started noticing that there was nothing in there for someone trying to rescue an animal in distress,” she said. 

The bill she’s proposing would only protect people who called 911 in conjunction with breaking into the vehicle. This addition eliminates the possibility that people who stole animals from cars might later claim they were trying to rescue the animals. 

Similarly, Georgia Sen. Michael Rhett has proposed a bill that would protect law enforcement officers from liability for breaking into vehicles to rescue pets. 

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