Florida Makes It Legal to Break Into Cars to Rescue People and Pets

10 Mar , 2016  

If you live in Florida and see a hot dog locked inside a vehicle you now have the right to physically intervene.

Republican Governor Rick Scott has signed House Bill 131 into law, allowing Floridians to break into locked automobiles to rescue animals or vulnerable people who are “in imminent danger of suffering harm.”

The bill comes as a direct response to the growing number of incidents where pets and children have died because they have been left in hot cars.

However, the new law will only protect breaking into a vehicle under strict guidelines. If you’re faced with the situation, here’s what you need to know: First, you must check that the vehicle is locked. After doing so, call 911 or law enforcement before entering the vehicle or immediately after rescuing the child or pet. Finally, use no more force than is necessary to break in — and remain with the person or animal until first-responders arrive.