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The Wisconsin Senate has approved a measure that would allow citizens to use reasonable force to enter a vehicle if it is believed that a person or domestic animal inside the vehicle is in imminent danger. 

The bill now goes to the governor and could be acted upon at any time.  You may contact Governor Walker by:

Phone: (608) 266-1212
E-mail: govgeneral@wisconsin.gov
Online form: http://governor.wisconsin.gov/contact-us

Under Assembly Bill 308, a person would be immune from civil liability for property damage or injury that results from their forced entry if ALL of the following apply:

  • The person has a good faith belief that a person or domestic animal is in imminent danger of suffering bodily harm unless they are removed from the vehicle;
  • The vehicle was locked and forced entry was necessary;
  • The person dialed 911 or contacted law enforcement, emergency medical services or animal control before they entered the vehicle and the person remained with the person or animal until they arrive;
  • The person used no more force than was necessary; and

The person may leave the scene before the owner of the vehicle returns, as long as they leave a note on the windshield that includes their name, phone number and address, the reason they entered the vehicle, and the location of the person or animal if known

It is unclear if there is recourse for the owner of the vehicle or animal for damage incurred when the person or animal in the car was not in danger.

For more information, contact the Dog Federation of Wisconsin at doglaw@dfow.net.  

The Wisconsin Senate has approved a measure that would allow citizens to use reasonable force to enter a vehicle if it is believed that a person or domestic animal inside the vehicle is in imminent danger.

The bill now goes to the governor and could be acted upon at any time

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