The Tennessee House of Representatives has approved a bill that would prevent people from being sued if they break into a car to rescue an overheated animal.
The measure, House Bill 537, builds on a law that went into effect last year that protects Good Samaritans who act to help children left in hot cars. Both proposals were brought by Rep. David Hawk (R-Greeneville).
"Really, animals being left in hot cars occurs much more often than do children," he said. "So I think it is an important piece of legislation, just to put it on folks' radar screen as we come into the warm months that we’re going to be seeing."
The state Senate has not yet taken up the bill for debate.