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Bill to protect animals, children locked in vehicles goes to governor for signature

Staff reports

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved Sen. Vicki Marble's bill that would grant immunity to people who perform an emergency rescue for an animal or a person in a locked vehicle.

House Bill 1179, sponsored by the Fort Collins Republican, shields from criminal or civil liability, people who forcibly enter a locked vehicle to save a life, according to a news release from the Colorado Senate Republicans.

The bill moves to the governor's desk to be signed into law.

The release cites a recent study that found about 37 children die in heat-related deaths per year from being trapped in a car. The number is even higher for pets trapped in a vehicle, the release stated.

The bill encourages witnesses of those situations to take action without the threat of criminal charges or civil liability, according to the release.

"Those crucial seconds in which a passerby stops to consider the threat of a lawsuit could mean death for an infant or puppy trapped in a dangerously hot car," Marble said in the release. "These situations should never happen, but they do. It's our duty to provide a safe and legal recourse to help save lives."

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