Missouri Bill Would Grant Immunity to Individuals Who Rescue Animals from Hot Cars

Missouri House Bill 2287 would add animals to the existing statute that provides immunity from civil liability to individuals for “forcible entry into a vehicle for the purpose of removing an unsupervised minor or an animal.” The bill would require that the individual demonstrates a “good faith belief that forcible entry into the vehicle is necessary because the minor or animal is in imminent danger of suffering harm if not immediately removed from the vehicle.” Individuals who render such assistance would be required to call law enforcement immediately and stay with the animal until law enforcement arrives.