Will It Be Legal to Rescue Dogs from Hot Cars in Chicago?


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Dogs die in hot cars. This is a refrain that’s been repeated so often, you’d think people would know that by now. We taped a video to demonstrate just how hot a car can get.

Ald. Gilbert Villegas

But still, each year I write about dogs who have died in hot cars. Now, Chicago is being added to the list of communities trying to take action.

Chicago Alderman Gilbert Villegas (36th ward) has introduced an ordinance that would give “any person, animal control officer, or law enforcement officer” authority to let themselves into an unattended vehicle “by any reasonable means” if they see an animal inside that they think is suffering from extreme heat or extreme cold. Also, ordinary citizens couldn’t be ticketed or sued (for alleged damages to the automobile) for rescuing an animal.

Villegas will appear on WGN radio with me Sunday morning (April 1) at 6:35 a.m. CDT to explain further. Listen at 720AM or here.