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Las Vegas man rescues bulldog left in hot car outside the gym

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Las Vegas man rescues bulldog in hot car

UPDATE ON JUNE 13

Nevada law prohibits a person from allowing a cat or dog to remain unattended in a parked or standing motor vehicle during a period of extreme heat or cold.

It’s a misdemeanor if you’re caught.

But under Nevada Law, it technically has to be a first responder (peace officer, animal control officer, firefighter, etc) to rescue a pet left in a hot car.

Former state senator Mark Manendo told News 3 he tried to change the law last year to allow ANY Good Samartian to rescue a dog or cat in a hot car, but the bill didn’t have enough support from other legislators.

As the law stands now, you technically have to be a police officer, animal control officer, firefighter, etc to rescue a pet.

Now, that doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to be punished if you break open a window to save a pet in a hot car.

If a police officer shows up, LVMPD says that officer would only cite/charge you if they could prove there was criminal intent.

Remember, the owner of car could civilly sue you for damaging their car.

ORIGINAL STORY

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) -- Charles Huggins says he felt he had no choice. He broke a window to save a dog stuck inside a hot car in a parking lot at Maryland Parkway and Karen Avenue.

"It needed to be done. It was that time already," said Huggins. "I was thinking, What idiot would leave their dog in the car while they are working out with all the windows rolled up?"

In a Facebook Live video, Huggins can be seen talking to the bulldog through the window.

"He's just suffering. Look at that. Come on now," Huggins can be heard saying in the video. "Somebody left their dog inside the car, with all the windows rolled up on both sides."

Huggins says he was walking out of the gym when he spotted the dog. Worried, he logged onto Facebook to vent and ask his friends for advice.

He eventually called 311 twice and went inside the gym to look for the owner.

"I went back outside, waited for 10 to 15 minutes and then called 311 again," said Huggins. "I waited another 10 minutes. Decided to check on the dog again and he was laying on his side."

First, call police and look for the owner. If neither option works, you can smash a window.

Officer Larry Hadfield says most likely, an officer would only cite you if he or she thought a crime was committed, but you could face a civil lawsuit by the car's owner.

As for Huggins, he knew time was ticking. He eventually smashed a window on the car.

Huggins says the owner of the dog eventually came out of the gym, but drove off with the dog before police showed up.