A new law allows police officers and firefighters to break into cars to save animals in Pennsylvania. The law, known as Act 104 of 2018, went into effect Monday, It was signed by Gov. Tim Wolf in October.
Authorities can break into motor vehicles to rescue a dog or cat if they have “reasonable belief” the animal is in “imminent danger or suffering harm if not immediately removed from the motor vehicle,” the law says.
The law also states that emergency responders will not be liable for damages done to a vehicle in order to remove a dog or cat. The previous law allowed for officers and firefighters to enter a property if an animal was believed to be a victim of neglect and has extended property to be inclusive of a motor vehicle.
The law does state that before breaking into a vehicle, the rescuer must: