If you see a dog trapped in a freezing car this winter in Michigan here's what you CAN do without breaking the law.

First the good news:  A proposed bill would make it a felony to leave a pet in a hot or cold vehicle in the state of Michigan.

The bad news: If you break a window to save a pet YOU are also breaking the law.

According to WWMT,

The proposal has cleared a state senate committee and is waiting for a vote.

While the bill works its way through Lansing, Barber wants to remind people not to try to take matters into their own hands.

You are not protected from prosecution in Michigan if you break a window or damage a car to rescue a pet.

So, what should you do if you see that someone left a pet in a hot or cold vehicle?  WJBQ.com had these tips:

  • Take a picture of the license plate with your phone
  • Call local authorities
  • Stay with the animal...never leave the vehicle.
  • Ask someone to get water (in the event first responders get the dog out and you can start cooling the dog)
  • Remain calm (most important)

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