Bill would let passersby break car windows to free hot pets

BOSTON (AP) — Passersby who spot an animal locked in a hot car would be allowed to smash the car’s window to rescue the pet under a bill approved unanimously by the Massachusetts Senate.

The passerby would first have to see if the door is locked, make a quick effort to find a police officer and call 911.

But they would be able to smash a window to rescue the animal as a last resort.

The Senate on Tuesday also unanimously passed another bill that would ban the sale of puppies and kittens under 8 weeks old.

The bill would also let veterinarians declare a pet with a significant health condition “unfit for purchase.” Buyers would be able to exchange the pet or seek a refund.

The bills now head to the House.

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