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Senate committee passes bill to make it illegal to leave animals in hot cars

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As the weather heats up, so do the calls to not leave children or animals locked in hot cars.

The so called “dog safety” bill recently passed by a Senate committee would make leaving a pooch in a hot car punishable.

Keith Miller approves of the bill. He has a dog named Patches and he would never leaver Patches in a hot vehicle with the windows rolled up.

“I’m for it. I’m honestly for it. You shouldn’t be leaving your dogs in a very hot car. It’s just too dangerous for them,” Miller said.

Under the measure, people who leave their animals in cars would face a misdemeanor if they are caught.

“I agree. It’s animal cruelty if you leave them in the car. Why not leave them home,” said Melissa King, Bay City resident.

Others said the proposal might be a little much.

“Not sure it should be a crime. It certainly is wrong and we need to take care of our pets and our children more,” said Richard Shook, Bay City resident.

Under the proposal, if an animal dies in a vehicle under adverse conditions the person responsible could face up to five years in prison.

Miller has mixed thoughts on that.

“I think it would depend on the situation,” he said.

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