GOOD SAMARITAN LAW NEEDED IN WASHINGTON STATE FOR ANIMALS LEFT UNATTENDED IN HOT VEHICLES.

    Have you ever come across an animal inside a vehicle on a hot day, cracked windows, no owner in sight? Felt helplessbecause you knew the ramifications if you were to do anything. Or maybe you did follow the rules and alert the proper authorities, only to sit there and wait and wait..... This is Washington States current legal way to rescue an animal confined to a hot vehicle... Local Law Enforcement or Animal Control ONLY, may intervene. Another summer summer us upon, this needs to change now.
    RCW 16.52.340
    Leave or confine any animal in unattended motor vehicle or enclosed space—Class 2 civil infraction—Officers' authority to reasonably remove animal.
    (1) It is a class 2 civil infraction under RCW 7.80.120 to leave or confine any animal unattended in a motor vehicle or enclosed space if the animal could be harmed or killed by exposure to excessive heat, cold, lack of ventilation, or lack of necessary water.
    (2) To protect the health and safety of an animal, an animal control officer or law enforcement officer who reasonably believes that an animal is suffering or is likely to suffer harm from exposure to excessive heat, cold, lack of ventilation, or lack of necessary water is authorized to enter a vehicle or enclosed space to remove an animal by any means reasonable under the circumstances if no other person is present in the immediate area who has access to the vehicle or enclosed space and who will immediately remove the animal. An animal control officer, law enforcement officer, or the department or agency employing such an officer is not liable for any damage to property resulting from actions taken under this section.
    (3) Nothing in this section prevents the person who has confined the animal in the vehicle or enclosed space from being convicted of separate offenses for animal cruelty under RCW 16.52.205 or 16.52.207.
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