Chicago police may get power to break car windows to save pets
CHICAGO — Some alderman in Chicago are pushing a law that could save the lives of pets.
The bill gives police and animal control officers clear authority to break a car window to free any pet trapped inside on a hot or cold day. It is a last resort if they can’t locate the owner or find another way into a parked car.
The City Council Finance Committee recommended approval of the ordinance on Monday.
There is already a state law in effect, but city officials say a local law is needed in case a person sues for damages.
City officials are hoping to expand the ordinance to include ordinary citizens who see a pet suffering in a locked car.
A car’s temperature can change dramatically, particularly in the summer.
The inside of a car can get 20 degrees hotter than outside when the windows are closed.