Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Bill To End Hot Car Deaths

While much of the nation remains in the grip of Winter’s cold weather, an important bill, created to protect children and pets from dying inside of hot cars when the temperature climbs to a deadly level, passed a critical milestone. On January 19, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to advance Senate Bill 1001, which aims to end hot car deaths by allowing good Samaritans to break into a vehicle to save an animal (or child) if there is a “good faith” belief that the life inside is in danger.

Following the vote, the Arizona Humane Society, which has been vocal in its concern about the dangers of pets left unattended in vehicles, commended lawmakers:

We thank the Senate Judiciary Committee for a 7-0 victory in advancing #SB1001 today! Sponsored by Senator Kavanagh and supported by Governor Doug Ducey, this bill aims to end hot-car deaths and allows Good Samaritans to take action without risk of civil liability if they rescue a child or a pet from a hot car.


We are proud to lead these efforts with our partners of the Humane Legislative Coalition for Animals and our friends representing animal welfare throughout the state.

Senator John Kavanaugh, a longtime animal-welfare advocate, sponsored and drafted the legislation, with the help and support of the Humane Legislative Coalition of Arizona, which includes: The Animal Defense League of Arizona, the Arizona Humane Society, Humane Society of Southern Arizona and Humane Voters of Arizona. Other agencies, including The Humane Society of the United States and Don’t Leave, also have shown support for the life-saving legislation.

Governor Doug Ducey, has promised to support the bill – he stated:

“All it takes is a Good Samaritan to save a life, to be on the lookout, see movement, take action, and stop another death. The last thing we’d want is any Arizonan worried about breaking into that car to save a life. Send me a bill protecting the Good Samaritans who save the lives of children and pets — and I’ll sign it.”

Good Samaritans who feel the need to break into a vehicle to save a pet or child must adhere to certain rules, including contacting a police officer, animal enforcement officer or first responder first, and then staying at the scene until help arrives.

Arizona Humane Society here.

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.