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Breaking into vehicles to free dogs from hot cars could lead to charges, despite what Facebook says

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September 06, 2016 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - The City of Kamloops has a warning for people who listen to Facebook advice instead of local law enforcement.

In a release, the city says there is "false information" making its rounds on social media, suggesting if people photograph a dog in a hot vehicle along with the current temperature, they're protected legally if they smash a window to remove the dog.

"The City of Kamloops would like to clarify that this information is not accurate and should be avoided as it could result in a person being liable for damages incurred to a vehicle, and/or for unlawful entry into the vehicle," the release says.

The city says the only agencies that can enter a vehicle without a warrant to retrieve an animal are the BC SPCA, police or bylaw officers. These authorities will only do that when an animal is in critical distress.

"Entering a vehicle without the owner’s permission is therefore an extraordinary measure that should only be actioned by local authorities when it is deemed absolutely necessary through a proper assessment of the situation and the condition of the animal," the release says.

The city advises residents to notify local authorities with the vehicle information and location when a dog is seen in a hot vehicle.

The best option of all, the city says, is for animal owners to be considerate of their pets and leave them at home in warm weather.

Public complaints about dogs in vehicles that may be in distress can be directed to Bylaw Enforcement at 250-828-3409 or the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

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