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W.Va. bill makes it easier to save animals trapped in cars


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) It could soon be easier to save pets locked in cars in extreme temperatures. 

A bill currently under consideration in the West Virginia House of Delegates would offer protections to first responders and others who have to break into vehicles to free suffering animals. 

Under current West Virginia code, it is a misdemeanor for the pet's owner to lock their animal in the car, but there are no protections in place for the individuals who attempt to free the animals. The bill introduced by Fayette County Del. Kayla Kessinger, (R) 32nd Dist., offers legal protections to firefighters, police officers, EMS, and others from being liable for damages.

"Here in West Virginia, we all have a soft spot in our heart for animals so it's vitally important that when we see animals at risk we provide safety to those who want to rescue these animals from terrible conditions," said Del. Kessinger. 

The House of Delegates had a second reading of the bill on Tuesday with a final vote on the legislation scheduled for Wednesday. 

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