A guy in Ohio broke a car window in a Walmart parking lot on Saturday to save two dogs inside. But the cops found the dogs had only been in there for eight minutes, so they cited the guy for criminal damage.
There's a law in Ohio that's supposed to give people immunity for breaking a car window to rescue a child or an animal. But based on the temperature and how long the dogs had been in the car, apparently the cops felt they didn't need rescuing.
Only eight states including California, Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio and Tennessee have “Good Samaritan” laws that allow any person to break a car window to save a pet. Alabama and Arizona have bills pending. In 19 states, only public officials such as law enforcement and humane officers can legally break into a car to rescue an animal (Arizona, California, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Washington).
It looks like Richard is going to fight the charge. He says, quote, "This situation right here, is what deters people from actually stepping up and doing the right thing."
I completely agree with Richard on this. At what point do you pull out a thermometer to see how hot it is outside but more importantly in THAT car! How did Richard know it was only 8 minutes. No good deed goes unpunished. Such BS.
What would YOU have done?