Did you know it's illegal to break a window to save a dog inside a hot car in the state of New York?

Have you ever been out and about shopping on a rather hot day? Then once you're finished, you go to open up your car to put everything away and it hits you.

You know what feeling I'm talking about. The intense heat wave that takes your breath away and almost suffocates you. It's nearly impossible to put your seat belt on, let alone get in the car within the first minute of opening the doors.

Imagine being stuck in that heat with no way of escaping. You have no idea where anyone is and no clue when you'll be able to get out. Sounds horrific, right? Dogs often experience similar situations due to their irresponsible owners. We've all seen it; either on our way into or out of the store, a dog is alone in the car and it is painfully hot out. You want to help in any way you can. If your first thought is to break the window and save them, stop right in your tracks because it is ILLEGAL in New York and 41 other states. According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, only public officials in New York State have the authority to break the windows of a car in order to save pets. However, there are still plenty of ways that an everyday citizen can abide by the law and help a pet in need.

All it takes is a simple call to 911 and someone can be there to prevent a tragedy. Never hesitate to save an animal in need, they have feelings and rights just as humans do. For more information on laws and ways you can be of service to dogs, at Animal Legal Defense Fund.