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The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.

Title 12 : Court Procedure

Chapter 201 : Immunity from Liability

(Cite as: 12 V.S.A. § 5784)
  • § 5784. Forcible entry of motor vehicle to remove unattended child or animal

    A person who forcibly enters a motor vehicle for the purpose of removing a child or animal from the motor vehicle shall not be subject to civil liability for damages arising from the forcible entry if the person:

    (1) determines the motor vehicle is locked or there is otherwise no reasonable method for the child or animal to exit the vehicle;

    (2) reasonably and in good faith believes that forcible entry into the motor vehicle is necessary because the child or animal is in imminent danger of harm;

    (3) notifies local law enforcement, fire department, or a 911 operator prior to forcibly entering the vehicle;

    (4) remains with the child or animal in a safe location reasonably close to the motor vehicle until a law enforcement, fire, or other emergency responder arrives;

    (5) places a notice on the vehicle that the authorities have been notified and specifying the location of the child or animal; and

    (6) uses no more force to enter the vehicle and remove the child or animal than necessary under the circumstances. (Added 2015, No. 147 (Adj. Sess.), § 24.)