- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Dogs in hot cars can now be rescued by police in a central Idaho city under a new law approved unanimously by council members.

The Times-News reports (https://bit.ly/1KRjz6N) Ketchum Mayor Nina Jonas says the change allows police to enter a vehicle if an animal is in distress and the owner can’t be found.

The law also sets fines for first and second-time offenders. Jonas said the goal isn’t to fine people, but to send a loud message.

Over 20 calls to Ketchum police so far this year have been about animals locked in hot vehicles. One resulted in forced entry to let a hot dog out, and Police Chief David Kassner said the owner was happy officers were there to intercede.

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