New SC law could make it legal to leave your dog in a hot car

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Summer brings heightened concerns in South Carolina that laws about leaving pets in hot vehicles are too vague.

In Berkeley County near Charleston, for instance, there are no specific ordinances protecting animals from the heat.

Current state statute says no one can knowingly harm a pet, but critics say any existing local rules are too open for interpretation.

Animal rights advocates advise more common sense on the part of humans.

"It's definitely a problem," said Aldwin Roman of the Charleston Animal Society. "People want to bring their pets along when they go shopping. They don't want to leave them at home."

Roman says people have a responsibility to keep their pets safe, and never leave them behind in an overheated vehicle.

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