Name: Good Samaritan Protection for Rescuers of Animals in Unattended Vehicles
Bill Number: HB 4191
Each year, hundreds of companion animals will tragically
lose their lives when their owners leave them unattended in parked vehicles in
extreme heat or cold, or in the presence of other dangers. Many pet owners are
unaware that even on a mild 70-degree day, the inside of a parked vehicle can
reach the temperature of an oven within minutes, causing severe dehydration and
even resulting in an animal’s death. Sadly, rolling down the windows of a car
has little to no effect on the interior temperature of a car. Conditions can be
equally dangerous to companion animals on cold winter days.
HB 4191 would provide immunity from civil damages to an
individual who breaks into an unattended vehicle to rescue a companion animal
who is suffering from extreme conditions. A good Samaritan should not be liable
for reasonable harm done to a vehicle in rescuing an animal left unattended.
The bill requires the individual to first reach out to emergency responders
before entering the vehicle and to stay with the dog or cat until a law
enforcement officer, emergency responder or an animal control officer arrives
to take charge.
This bill has already passed the House and is now under
consideration by the Senate.
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Please Allow Rescue of Pets Left Unattended in Vehicles in Hot Weather
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask your support for legislation that will protect the health and safety of companion animals, as well as those willing to rescue them. Each year, hundreds of companion animals lose their lives when their owners leave them unattended in vehicles, subjected to extreme heat.While Illinois already has a law prohibiting leaving dogs and cats in unattended vehicles, HB 4191 would specifically provide civil immunity to individuals who break into an unattended vehicle to rescue a companion animal who is in imminent danger. This individual would first be required to contact emergency responders and would be immune from only reasonable property damage to the vehicle in rescuing the dog or cat.Enacting legislation to shield rescuers from liability would help raise awareness and may save hundreds of companion animal lives each year.Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]