Bill Status of SB2277 100th General Assembly
Short Description: IMMUNITY-ANIMALS IN LOCKED CAR
Sen. Michael Connelly - Thomas Cullerton - Linda Holmes
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Humane Care for Animals Act. Provides that a person is immune from criminal liability for criminal damage to property and criminal trespass to vehicles resulting from his or her forcible entry into a vehicle and from civil liability for property damage if the person: determines the vehicle is locked or there is otherwise no reasonable method for the animal to exit the vehicle; has a good faith belief that forcible entry into the vehicle is necessary because the animal is in imminent danger of suffering harm if not immediately removed from the vehicle, and based upon the circumstances known to the person at the time, the belief is a reasonable one; has made a good faith effort to contact a 9-1-1 emergency telephone system operator, law enforcement, or the fire department, and if contact is not possible prior to forcibly entering the vehicle, the person makes contact as soon as possible after forcibly entering the vehicle; makes a good a faith effort to place a notice on the vehicle's windshield with the person's contact information, the reason entry was made, the location of the animal, and the fact that authorities have been notified; remains with the animal in a safe location until law enforcement or emergency responders arrive; and uses no more force than necessary to enter the vehicle to remove the animal. Effective immediately.