Governor Kate Brown today signed Senate Bill 614 that allows law enforcement to enter a vehicle when, in their opinion, an animal inside is suffering from heat exhaustion or other medical issues that constitutes cruel or inhumane treatment.
Under the bill co-sponsored by Bend Senator Tim Knopp, the officer has the authorization to enter the vehicle with minimal damage and rescue the animal which would then be transported to an animal care shelter for medical treatment, hydration, food and other care. The owner would be notified of the action within 72 hours of the event.
The officer would not be legally or financially responsible for actions taken to rescue the animal, unless the actions were judged unreasonable in the course of the rescue. In most cases, a broken window may be the sum total of the damage.