Emilio Cogliani

If Bonnaroo, Graceland and the Grand Ole Opry weren’t enough, here’s one more reason to love Tennessee: They’re doing right by dogs trapped in hot cars.

Under a law that went into effect July 1, anyone in Tennessee who breaks into a car to save an animal will be free of civil liability.

House Bill 537 is thought to be the first of its kind in the country.

The move has been cheered by animal advocates.

“The ASPCA strongly supports states giving law enforcement and Good Samaritans the ability to intervene to protect animals suffering in hot cars,” said Chloë Waterman, the ASPCA’s senior manager of state legislative strategy, in an email to The Huffington Post.

Mike Franklin, chief of staff of the Nashville Fire Department, explained the parameters of the new law to a local ABC affiliate.

“If you act reasonably, as any reasonable person would respond…

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