Gopal Bill to Provide Immunity of Liability for Rescuing Animals from Motor Vehicles Under Inhumane Conditions Passes Senate

A bill sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal providing immunity from criminal and civil liability for someone who breaks and enters a vehicle to rescue an animal under inhumane conditions was approved by the full Senate Sunday, July 1.

The bill, S-1860, grants protection to those that act in good faith and rescue an animal reasonably believed to have been left unattended in a vehicle under inhumane conditions, with the animals well-being apparently at risk.  Those springing into action would be required first to report the circumstances of the rescue and make a reasonable effort to locate the owner of the vehicle before they break in and rescue the animal.

“Neglectful pet owners should be the only ones at risk of any liability when these situations occur,” said Senator Vin Gopal.  “Those bold enough to take action and save the lives of animals suffering in these conditions deserve to have the immunity provided by this bill.”

The bill cleared the Senate by vote of 37-0.