Bill making it illegal to leave your dog in a locked car in Washington passes

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill that makes it a civil offense to lock a pet in a car under “dangerous conditions” has passed without opposition at the Washington state Senate.

Senators approved the bill 49-0 Friday morning to expand Washington’s animal-protection laws. If the bill becomes law, it would create a $125 fine for leaving an unattended animal in a car, or other enclosed space, where it might be harmed by heat, cold or lack of ventilation.

The bill also removes all liability for animal control officers or police who damage property when they break in to rescue confined animals.