Rep. Celia Israel files animal hot car rescue bill

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin) filed House Bill 810 Monday, which would protect good Samaritans who remove pets facing extreme conditions while locked in parked cars.

According to a release, the bill would continue the work of last session’s HB 478, which removed liability for property damage for those who took action to rescue children, the elderly or disabled adults. 

“The Texas heat can quickly become dangerous for anyone inside a parked car — human or four-legged friend,” said Israel. “This bill would save lives.”

The bill requires those who take action to notify law enforcement before entering a vehicle and indicates that individuals must remain with the animal until law enforcement arrives. 

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