Proposed NC bill would make leaving pets in hot cars illegal

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Leaving your pet alone in a hot car could soon be a crime in North Carolina.

Guilford County Rep. Pricey Harrison introduced a bill that would give law enforcement the authority to take action to free pets that are locked in vehicles when it’s hot enough that the animal’s health is threatened.

Under the proposed legislation, those suspected of the crime would face a class 2 misdemeanor; or a class 1 misdemeanor if the pet dies.

Currently, Rep. Harrison says there’s not much officers can do to help animals that are trapped in hot vehicles.