It's not unusual to see someone leave a pet in their car while visiting a store. But this convenience doesn't always end well for the animal, or the bystander who tries to save them from overheating.

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While it's illegal to leave a pet unattended in the car, someone trying to rescue an animal would also be outside the law if they needed to break a car window to free a pet from the heat.

In Tennessee you can legally break a window to save an animal. Is it time for New Jersey to adopt that adopt the same policy?

This week Tenafly police rescued an overheating dog by popping a car's trunk lock, showing it's not always necessary to break a window.

Do you think it should be legal to break a car window if it's to save an animal's life? Should you have to call police first? What kind of complications could come from legally permitting people to do this?

Let us know in the poll and comments section below.