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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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18 Comments on "Bill to help pets locked in cars heads to governor"

2015 years 9 months ago

Every law that’s been floated since January has hurt humans. But let’s make sure those dogs are protected! Protect an unborn fetus but starve the born infant. WTG.

2015 years 9 months ago

If there is an infant who is starving, you have to look no further than the two people who chose to have sex. We should pass laws to protect unborn babies. but that doesn’t make the government responsible for feeding those babies once they are born. If you cannot afford to pay for the natural consequence of having sex, then you shouldn’t have sex.

There is nothing wrong with laws to protect animals. Believe it or not, animals feel pain, too. So do unborn babies.

2015 years 9 months ago

We need a bill for this? How about plain old common sense! I don’t care who’s car it is, if I see an animal locked in a car and in distress, I WILL break into the car. If the owner has a problem with it then they will quickly be in distress too.

If law enforcement decides that my actions constitute a crime, then so be it. It would be worth the money for lawyers and such just to expose another negligent and thoughtless pet owner.

Darcy Byrne
2015 years 9 months ago

I couldn’t agree more! I agree that an owner of an animal who’s treated so badly, should be treated the same! Why not. For many years “An eye for an eye” was thought to have been the proper way of dealing with people who are extremely cruel. Well as you can see, people are still “Very Cruel” not limited to each other but to the helplessness of an animal they brought into their homes only to be loved. I agree to save the animal & proudly stand in front of my peers for such a reason.

2015 years 9 months ago

Animal control officers have been asking for a law like this for years. Thankfully it finally happened! No animal should die in a hot car because of lack of law to protect them. I applaud the legislators that made this happen!

2015 years 9 months ago

Please bring it all the way to MASSACHUSETTS !!!! Thank-you……

2015 years 9 months ago

So, in response to your rhetoric, you don’t think maybe there’s room for more than one Bill? I suppose Senators can only work on one thing at a time. This is the kind of single minded thinking that will prevent someone from finding a job. You see you don’t need to hear but a few sentences from someone to gauge their intelligence. You’d probably make it through maybe 3-5 minutes of an interview before the prospective employer pegs your butt for the idiot you are! Give your whining a rest and realize yours is not the only cause there is! I sure hope you don’t own any animals, especially a dog!

2015 years 9 months ago

of economic and free markets is astounding. Governments don’t need to “pass a jobs bill”. By doing away with burdensome regulations and lowering taxes (esp. corporate taxes) the business climate in NC improves drawing more people to start businesses here or expand their business.

Government doesn’t create jobs, people do.

2015 years 9 months ago

Why don’t u go sit in ur vehicle keep your windows up, zip your lip and see how long you last! This isint BS, its called being human. McDonalds is always hiring so you must not need a job too bad then. Grow up, spank your inner moppet, and get a job! Cause there out there for the ones who really want them.

2015 years 9 months ago

Since Goolsby’s TV ad pretends “they call me the jobs senator”, well how about passing a jobs bill of some kind. Just in case nobody told you or you didn’t happen to hear about it in Raleigh people need jobs man, this animal bill BS could have waited.

2015 years 9 months ago

“Grow up, spank your inner moppet, and get a job! Cause there out there for the ones who really want them.”

You can’t be that dumb can you?
From the NC ESC:

Seasonally adjusted unemployment is 416,767

Please enlighten us where those jobs are?
If these jobs were listed in a single newspaper the edition would probably be so thick it would be hard to carry.
Your ignorance of the situation here in NC is appalling.
Stop spewing statements that show your ignorance – go to the link, learn something and stop drinking whatever brand of kool aid your drinking.
Good grief


Puppy Mills Begone
2015 years 9 months ago

Wish the AKC was as compassionate about dogs in puppy mills as they are about dogs in shelters being held and scanned for microchips.

Bob J
2015 years 9 months ago

It’s great they passed this bill, but didn’t they keep in mind that by the time an Animal Control or LE officer arrives, it may be too late for the animal??? They should have allowed any citizen to rescue!

2015 years 9 months ago

I agree with this post.

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2015 years 9 months ago

One thing that this bill does when it becomes law that wasn’t mentioned in the story is that it will eliminate New Hanover Animal Control’s automatic death sentence for certain dog breeds.

They have to allow adoption out of all animals unless they deem THAT SPECIFIC unadoptable dog due to health or temperament issues, among other things. I don’t think a blanket policy by breed will fly any more.


Julia Osborne
2015 years 9 months ago

I encourage Gov. McCrory to sign this bill into law, it’s the humane /human thing to do!

Dave WIlson
2015 years 9 months ago

Part of this bill requires that local shelters scan recovered animals for an identifying microchip. All too often, dogs and cats are put down by a shelter before their owners ever get a chance to check with that shelter. The AKC insisted that this requirement be added to avoid needless tragedy and for shelters who do not have the necessary scanners, the AKC is donating them.

This is a real winner for animals!

2015 years 9 months ago

Finally!! Thank you!!


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