New law allows strangers to break into cars to rescue pets from heat

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SACRAMENTO - Californians will now be able to take action to save animals in hot cars.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill that allows people to break into vehicles to rescue pets.

Miguel Santiago, an assemblyman from Rancho Cucamonga, and others helped write the bill after seeing news reports of several pets dying after being left in cars on hot days.

“We’re very excited about the lives this new law will save,” Steinorth said in a statement Saturday on Facebook. “Thank you to everyone who helped us raise awareness of this serious issue and showed their support.”

Under the law, Californians must call police before breaking into a car.