Can I break a window to save a dog in a hot car? Here’s the law in N.J.
Posted August 02, 2018 at 07:45 AM | Updated August 02, 2018 at 11:37 AM
By Sophie Nieto-Munoz | NJ.com for NJ Advance Media
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So, can I break the window?
There is no “hot car” law in New Jersey. Even though it’s illegal to leave an animal in a car in the Garden State, no one has the authority to break into a vehicle to save the pet — not even law enforcement.
So it’s especially important not to hesitate when contacting authorities, Wood said.
“Police can still seize the animal and arrest the owner, because it’s illegal.”
However, “good Samaritan” laws exist in California, Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio and Tennessee, allowing you to break a car window to save a pet. In 19 other states, including New York, Delaware and Virginia, only public officials such as law enforcement and humane officers can legally break into a car to rescue the animal.
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If I am my own sovereign, then I choose what laws I obey.
“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” ― Robert A. Heinlein
In this case, I’d break the window and suffer any penalties inflicted upon me.
What would you do?
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