New Ohio law allows breaking into cars to save pets, children

Ohio speeds up hot car rescues

(WCMH)  Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill into law Tuesday that protects a person who breaks into a hot car to save a minor or a pet.

Senate Bill 215 allows people to force their way into a locked vehicle if police are not able to get there in time. The law does come with some limitations, however.

The person must call 911, they must check to see if the door is unlocked and if they feel it is an emergency they can break into the vehicle.

"You absolutely do have to call the police department in order to be able to move forward," notes Elysse Rathbone of the Capital Area Humane Society. "You have to be able to prove that this is an emergency or life threatening incident."

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