Joplin City Council Amends Animal Abuse Law

Joplin’s City Council amended the city’s animal abuse and neglect law Monday night (4/4). Now, keeping an animal confined in a hot car unattended, is considered animal abuse. Law enforcement will be allowed to get into a vehicle by reasonable means to help a pet. Although Joplin Health Director Dan Pekarek tells News Talk KZRG he hopes that won’t include breaking car windows.

“Our intent would be to have a (police) officer there. We’ve always done that in the past and that would be our intent to continue that. They obviously are trained to try to get into vehicles without having to break windows.”

The amended ordinance will take effect May 9.