Is It Legal To Break A Car Window, To Save A Pet In A Hot Vehicle?
Summer is here and people leave their family pets in vehicles with the windows rolled up. Temperatures inside the vehicle rise rapidly and can become life threatening.
Many Rockford Scanner fans have asked if it is legal to break a window, to save the pets.
We did some research and the answers to this question is below:
(510 ILCS 70/7.1)
(from Ch. 8, par. 707.1)
Confinement in motor vehicle.
No owner or person shall confine any animal in a motor vehicle in such a manner that places it in a life or health threatening situation by exposure to a prolonged period of extreme heat or cold, without proper ventilation or other protection from such heat or cold. In order to protect the health and safety of an animal, an animal control officer, law enforcement officer, or Department investigator who has probable cause to believe that this Section is being violated shall have authority to enter such motor vehicle by any reasonable means under the circumstances after making a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other person responsible.
A person convicted of violating this Section is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class B misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 92-650, eff. 7-11-02.)
An animal control officer, law enforcement officer, or Department investigator has authority to enter such motor vehicle by any reasonable means under the circumstances after making a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other person responsible.
If you see an animal in distress, please call the police or animal control.
Winnebago County Animal Control # is (815) 319-4100
Winnebago County Sheriff # is (815) 319-6600
Rockford Police is (815) 966-2900