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AUGUSTA, GA (WTVM) -

A new ordinance in Augusta allows law enforcement officials to break into cars where animals have been left alone in extreme temperatures.

Now, if an animal has been left in a car for over 5 minutes when the temperature is above 85 or below 35, a window will intentionally be broken to retrieve the animal.

"If the animal is unresponsive, has glassy eyes, there is no movement, appears to be unconscious, then yes, we can break a window to, get the animal out of the vehicle," says Sharon Broady, director of Augusta Animal Services.

The owner will be responsible for fixing their own window, veterinarian costs, and could be fined up to $1000 or spend 60 days in jail.

A similar ordinance has been passed for children left unattended in the same conditions.

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