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Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

As summer temperatures rise, so do the number of beloved pets lost to vehicular heat stroke. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), that number reaches the hundreds every year.

This isn't surprising considering that even on a 70-degree day, the temperature inside a vehicle can rise to almost 100º F in just 20 minutes — less time than it takes for a grocery store run. That's dangerously hot by any standard, but especially for dogs, who lack the sweat glands we humans have to regulate body temperature.

Most tragically, nearly all of these incidents happen by accident due to simple misjudgments of time or weather.

But recent "Right to Rescue" laws in Wisconsin, Tennessee, Florida, and Ohio are creating a safety net. In these states, concerned bystanders can now forcefully break into locked vehicles to free trapped dogs (and kids) without facing civil liability. We think it's high time the rest of the country followed suit!

You can't put a price on a precious life, and no one should hesitate to save one for fear of being sued. Sign below to urge the USDA to give us the right to rescue endangered pets!

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Dear U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Care,

As concerned pet parents, we are horrified to see continued reports of innocent pet deaths due to vehicular heat stroke. Not only are these tragic deaths completely avoidable, they're also largely inadvertent, results of owners' simple misjudgment of time or temperature.

Recent "Right to Rescue" laws in Wisconsin, Tennessee, Florida, and Ohio give good Samaritans the right to forcefully free trapped dogs (and kids) from parked cars without facing civil liability, and we want to see this privilege extended nationally.

We propose an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act whereby concerned bystanders can break into enclosed vehicles to free trapped pets without the risk of financial liability.

No one wants to see innocent pets die, and no one should hesitate to save one for fear of being sued. We urge you to take action on this issue now, before even more innocent lives are lost.


Petition Signatures

Mar 22, 2018 Christine Dietterich Every animal deserves to live in peace andbe loved.amen
Mar 22, 2018 Sheila Boyd
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 Janet Ginsberg
Mar 22, 2018 Pam Born
Mar 22, 2018 Donna Keen
Mar 22, 2018 mariah whyte
Mar 22, 2018 Whitney Roop
Mar 21, 2018 Lia Mueller Not just yes but hell yes !
Mar 21, 2018 Federica Casto
Mar 21, 2018 Heather Mcconnell
Mar 21, 2018 Leora Mills
Mar 21, 2018 Pam Rogers
Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 Kristin Brasile
Mar 21, 2018 Michelle Nash
Mar 21, 2018 Andrea Barton
Mar 21, 2018 Crista Fodor
Mar 21, 2018 Lynda Lackner ANIMAL CRUELTY!!
Mar 21, 2018 Virginia Blevins
Mar 21, 2018 Cynthia Watson
Mar 21, 2018 Brenda Mills STOP ALL ANIMAL CRUELTY
Mar 21, 2018 Linda Mello
Mar 21, 2018 Wesley Landon
Mar 21, 2018 Xavier Williams
Mar 21, 2018 Salvana Mendez
Mar 21, 2018 Lindsay Williams
Mar 21, 2018 Lyn Williams
Mar 21, 2018 Gayne Williams
Mar 21, 2018 Carol Carter
Mar 21, 2018 Stephanie Garza Please allow us to save dogs locked in cars with windows up in the heat.
Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 Mary Jones
Mar 21, 2018 Leana Almaghrabi
Mar 21, 2018 J S Hull
Mar 21, 2018 Sarah Keetley This should be in the United States also!!
Mar 21, 2018 Loretta Dennu Our animals need to be treated respectfully.
Mar 21, 2018 Krystyna Ozog
Mar 21, 2018 Christy Cheek Animals should not be allowed to be left alone in any car! People who come across this situation should be allowed to rescue
Mar 21, 2018 Tracy Captain
Mar 21, 2018 Kat Wodzinski
Mar 21, 2018 Joan Osell What would you do if a small child was trapped in a hot vehicle? How about a pet? The rest of the US needs to follow suit of WI, TN, FL & OH "Right to Rescue" laws. My heart breaks each time I hear devastating news when a child or pet dies of inaction.:-(
Mar 21, 2018 Traci Sutton
Mar 21, 2018 Ewa Ignaczak
Mar 21, 2018 Dorothy Doucette
Mar 21, 2018 Linda Benoit
Mar 21, 2018 Jessica Ebbert
Mar 21, 2018 Ramona Sigall
Mar 21, 2018 Betty Roth
Mar 21, 2018 Rachel Thomas Animals should have the same rights as children.

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