* From the Illinois Policy Institute’s news service…
Leaving a dog inside your car in the summer could soon mean a broken window in Illinois.
Illinois is one of 24 states without a Good Samaritan law that allows people to rescue pets from hot cars. But that could change by the summer.
State Rep. David Olsen, R-Downers Grove, is pushing a plan to allow people to bust out a car window to rescue a hot dog from a hot car, and avoid any criminal liability.
Olsen said the idea is to let people help.
“If people act in good faith, in consultation with law enforcement,” Olsen said Wednesday. “This legislation is reasonable. It doesn’t allow for random acts of violence or criminal damage to property.”
Olsen said his legislation requires that people call the police before breaking a window, and then to wait with the dog at the car until police arrive.
“We’re looking to save animals and not make somebody liable for a lot of money, when they are just trying to be a Good Samaritan and help out,” Olsen said.
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