Bill protecting animals left in hot cars passes Senate committee

01/11/2018 12:58 PM

FRANKFORT- A measure providing protections for people who break into cars to save animals unanimously cleared a Senate committee Thursday.

Senate Bill 8 sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, R-Paducah, provides civil immunity for damaging a vehicle if done so in ‘good-faith’ to save a dog or cat believed to be in immediate danger of death if not removed.

To be eligible for civil immunity under the law, the individual would have to believe the animal is in danger, contact emergency personnel and only use the amount of force required to rescue the animal.

Several surrounding states, including Indiana and Ohio, have similar laws already in place.

The bill will now head to the Senate floor.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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