Email Insights: Del Marsh files animal protection bill

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Del Marsh

From the office of the Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh. Below you will find a press release from Marsh’s office regarding Senate Bill 61 which was filed March 05, 2019.

The bill summary says, “This bill would provide that a person who rescues a domestic animal from a motor vehicle when the person holds a good faith belief that the domestic animal is in imminent danger of suffering bodily harm unless removed from the motor vehicle is immune from liability for property damage or injury under certain circumstances.”

, “This bill would provide that a person who rescues a domestic animal from a motor vehicle when the person holds a good faith belief that the domestic animal is in imminent danger of suffering bodily harm unless removed from the motor vehicle is immune from liability for property damage or injury under certain circumstances.”

Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh announced today that he has filed a bill that would give immunity to a person who rescues an animal from a car if they believe that the life of the animal is at risk.

If enacted, this bill would only allow for immunity from prosecution if a person believes the life of the animal in a hot car is in danger and breaks into the car to rescue them. Before attempting the rescue, a person must contact police or animal control to inform them of the situation, and remain at the scene until authorities arrive to investigate. 

“This is a simple bill, but one that is critical especially as the weather begins to warm up here in Alabama,” Marsh said. “As I travel around my district and even across the state, I have heard from many people that this is an issue that is very important to them.”

“This bill is to protect people who are doing the right thing and trying to rescue an animal whose life is in danger.”