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If you see a kid or a pet inside a hot car, you can break in

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Every year, there are deaths from kids or pets being left inside hot cars. 

Officials say it is similar to being inside an oven and the law says you can help. 

If you see a kid or a pet alone, inside a hot car, you have every right to take action. 

"The human body or dog or a cat, they're just not made to be in a car for any period of time," said Deputy Cody Gress with the Pima County Sheriff's Department. 

The Pima County Sheriff's Department says anyone can break into a car to get someone out, but there are three provisions. You have to be able to say, without a doubt, that the person or animal was in immediate danger, you have to call 9-1-1 and you must stay there and wait until law enforcement shows up. 

They say to always call 9-1-1 before breaking in. 

But if you have to, there is a proper way to break into a car. 

"If I'm going to strike the glass, i'm going to strike it near the middle because that's going to be the most vulnerable and the least sturdy part of the glass," said Gress. "And if i'm going to use a rock, i'm going to stand back and do it and I'm going to stand off to the side because they can ricochet. If i'm going to use a baton, i'm going to stand off to the side and block my face and I'm just going to strike it as hard as I can, but again I'm aiming for that center part."

He says to of course check that it is unlocked first and make sure to hit far away from the person or animal inside. 

"Try and find some type of object to protect your hand or your arms because you can put yourself at risk for injury," said Gress.

He says there have been deaths from the car being parked even with the air conditioning on. 

"Windows were rolled down, AC was on and we still had a death of either a pet or a child," Gress said. "It's really just not safe to leave anybody in a car whether it's on or off for an extended period of time."

It would all depend on the situation, but there could be serious charges for leaving a child or a pet inside. 

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