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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 25, 2017 jude lotz
Mar 25, 2017 Jenny M
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 JoLayne Fritz Wake up people! There is no excuse for this to happen to dogs (etc.). We need the "Right to Rescue" laws NOW!
Mar 24, 2017 gem Lomath
Mar 23, 2017 Teresa Simek
Mar 23, 2017 ivonne leon
Mar 23, 2017 Monika Saluter
Mar 23, 2017 Angela Hale
Mar 23, 2017 Linda Brown
Mar 23, 2017 Sybil Erden
Mar 23, 2017 Maria Johnson
Mar 23, 2017 Robert Rogan
Mar 23, 2017 Felecia Markham
Mar 23, 2017 Ash Rawal
Mar 23, 2017 tammy oare
Mar 23, 2017 Charlotta Ross
Mar 22, 2017 Wendy Mercante
Mar 22, 2017 Suzanne Stephens
Mar 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2017 liberty paden
Mar 20, 2017 Karen Krieger If owners are too stupid to not expose their pets to suffocation, citizens should be legally allowed to help an animal in distress.
Mar 20, 2017 sally timmins
Mar 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2017 Martine Riscalla
Mar 19, 2017 Diane Johnson A pet in a hot car is as bad as an infant/child in a hot car! Let the vehicle owner explain how selfish/stupid they are to their insurance company! Besides, with expensive breed animals, the animal costs more than the cost of a window or windshield!
Mar 19, 2017 Lisa Vaugh
Mar 18, 2017 Valerie Melton
Mar 18, 2017 jon zebrowski
Mar 18, 2017 marty zebrowski
Mar 18, 2017 kathleen bird
Mar 18, 2017 Sibrina Russell
Mar 16, 2017 Katie Sceats
Mar 16, 2017 Joanen Eng
Mar 16, 2017 Sarah Barbone That's like leaving another human being in the car disgraceful when people do that !
Mar 16, 2017 Judith Heeschen
Mar 16, 2017 Dorothy Joyce
Mar 16, 2017 Jack Martin
Mar 16, 2017 Kathleen Francis
Mar 15, 2017 Kathleen Shabi
Mar 15, 2017 Colleen plewniak
Mar 15, 2017 kathy raggio
Mar 15, 2017 Paula Mesropian
Mar 15, 2017 marie hanulak It should not even be a question
Mar 15, 2017 Carol Wellman
Mar 15, 2017 lori schultz

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