Change Nevada Law to Protect our Pets like we do our Children
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Last Year SB 409 was introduced in Nevada by Mark Manendo, Nicole Cannizzaro, David Parks; Kelvin Atkinson, Yvanna Cancela, Moises Denis, Julia Ratti, Tick Segerblom, Pat Spearman and Joyce Woodhouse.
Manendo, Cannizzaro and Parks were the primary sponsors of this bill. In short, the state gave immunity to First Responders should they need to break into a vehicle to save an animal in distress but failed to protect you and I, the everyday citizen! Read a full copy of the bill here.
The purpose of this petition is to get them to re-introduce a new bill this year to add "Good Samaritan" to Nevada State Law.
In Nevada it is illegal to leave a child or animal in a hot vehicle, however, according to State Law you can ONLY break in the vehicle to save the child. You can be held civilly AND criminally liable to saving the animal. It's time that changed!
Even on a perfectly lovely 75°F day, it only takes 10 minutes for the internal temperature of a car to rise above 100°F! And on a sweltering summer day at 100°F, it’s pretty much immediately too hot for an animal to be left in the car as temps can reach 150°F within minutes!
In Nevada, the "Good Samaritan Law" protects Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, Animal Control and other "First Responders" from any civil liability should they break a vehicle window to rescue a pet in distress that has been left in an extremely hot or cold car unattended. (NRS 202.575).
What we need is a law the protects a private citizen, like you or I, should we come face to face with this situation. As it is now, a private citizen is required to call 311 (or their local non-emergency phone number) to report the situation. A call to 911 is ONLY allowed when the pet is in serious danger of dying. You are NOT PERMITTED to touch the vehicle!
So, how do you know if there’s enough danger to the animal to require action?
1. How hot is too hot?
* In areas like Las Vegas, even 70°F is to hot, because in a vehicle with the windows rolled up, temperatures can fly well past 100°F in a matter of minutes!
2. What can and should you do to help an animal in a hot or cold car?
* According to Nevada State Law, you can't do ANYTHING, except call the police, and if and when they show up, hope the animal hasn't died by then.
3. Not to mention, what can you legally do to rescue that animal, and is it legal to break the car window?
* It is ILLEGAL in Nevada to attempt or break into a vehicle to save an animal.
How State Rules Differ About Rescuing Animals From Hot Cars
In many states, (AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, IN, MA, OH, TN & WI) ordinary citizens are granted legal immunity if they damage someone’s vehicle to rescue “an animal.” There is pending legislation in AL & OR. Other states, like Nevada, DO NOT have “Good Samaritan” laws that protect ordinary citizens who rescue animals that are trapped in hot cars.
Does this mean that you could or should run around, willy-nilly, smashing car windows with rocks if you live in a state that grants you legal immunity? Of course not. What it does mean is that Nevada needs to get in line with several other states and protect our animals. Citizens can break a car window to save a child, but not an animal. This does not make sense!
Sign the petition to send a message to our Elected Officials that it's time to protect our animals like we do our children. Because to some, our animals ARE our children!
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