Legislation to grant immunity to people who break into a hot car to rescue a pet that’s suffering has cleared a Senate committee, though senators sent it to their amending order to make a series of changes. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard this afternoon that hundreds of dogs are being left in hot cars in Idaho each year; some die, and some suffer irreversible brain damage. “In the past 12 months we have responded to 230 calls for dogs in hot cars,” Dr. Jeff Rosenthal, CEO of the Idaho Humane Society in Boise, told the senators. “We don’t always show up on time, unfortunately. So we support this bill. Heat stroke, I can tell you as a veterinarian, is insidious, it can happen very quickly.” The calls start coming in early in the spring, he...
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Senate panel advances bill to grant immunity to those who break into hot cars to rescue dogs