CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (WTVD) — With summer right around the corner, it should come as no surprise that somewhere in the country, a pet owner will leave their furry friend locked in a car. The pet is often times in distress and rescued by concerned strangers who attend to the animal’s rescue.

In recent months, messages have been appearing on social media instructing people to take a picture of an animal in distress, break the window to free the pet, and call the police. By doing so, according to the posts, you clear yourself of any legal liability to damages to the pet owner’s vehicle.

The frequency of posts led the Chapel Hill Police Department to post on Facebook urging residents to do no such thing. Instead, CHPD recommends citizens call 911 and wait for the proper authorities to arrive.

“It’s going to depend on the situation if a dog or cat is in distress. It looks like it may be on the verge of death, then maybe I would break the window,” said Hannah Stewart as she was leaving Petco.

In North Carolina, however, that’s not the case.

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