Hawaii Bill Would Establish Immunity for Individuals Who Rescue Animals from Vehicles if the Animal Appears to be in Danger

Hawaii House Bill 1715 would create immunity from civil and criminal liability for individuals and animal control officers who forcibly remove animals from vehicles when they have a good faith belief that the animal is in danger. Under this provision, private citizens who remove animals from vehicles would be required to contact emergency services immediately and stay with the animal until responders arrive at the scene. If enacted, the bill would become effective immediately.