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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The state Senate gave final approval today to a bill that would help protect pets locked in hot cars.

Senate Bill 626 includes a provision that would allow an animal control officer, animal cruelty investigator or other emergency workers to break into your car if they think a pet locked inside is in danger. The bill requires them to try to find the owner first.

The main purpose of the bill is to improve regulations for animal shelter in North Carolina.

It now goes to the governor for signature.

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