According to a new law passed about a year ago it’s legal to rescue an animal trapped in a vehicle in the heat if the situation looks dire. Bakersfield Police Sgt. Brian Holcombe says cold temperatures and no water can cause pets stranded in vehicles to suffer, but they received 298 calls over the last 13 months and most were pets stuck in the heat. Animals can sustain brain damage or die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes.

David Martin