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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

Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 16, 2018 Maren Knox
Aug 16, 2018 Tiia Pitkänen
Aug 15, 2018 Brenda English
Aug 15, 2018 Kelly Rogers
Aug 15, 2018 Shelley Reagan
Aug 14, 2018 Kristine Litstrom
Aug 13, 2018 Marion Ortega If people want to harm their animals, we should be able to save them & take them to a shelter! Not give them back!
Aug 13, 2018 Kimberly Steigerwald
Aug 13, 2018 Dilhara Soyza
Aug 13, 2018 Brandon Juhl
Aug 13, 2018 Karen Beckner
Aug 13, 2018 janna murphy
Aug 13, 2018 JOANNA TWIGG
Aug 13, 2018 Tammy Gregg
Aug 13, 2018 Courtney Gatchell
Aug 13, 2018 Jennifer Edwards
Aug 13, 2018 Tina Behla
Aug 11, 2018 Paula Thompson Please help stop this!
Aug 10, 2018 Lee Choon Chin
Aug 10, 2018 Georgina Munoz Estoy en Contra de eso y toda la crueldad animal
Aug 10, 2018 natasha damien
Aug 9, 2018 Richard Cornelius
Aug 8, 2018 Michael Crowden
Aug 6, 2018 Erin Vachon
Aug 6, 2018 Jacqueline Bilodeau
Aug 6, 2018 Carla Miranda
Aug 6, 2018 Averi Bell Should be able to save any creature from this type of cruelty
Aug 5, 2018 Kathleen Perdomo
Aug 5, 2018 Jenna Huntington
Aug 5, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 5, 2018 Jane Brownlow
Aug 4, 2018 Lyn Tan
Aug 4, 2018 Mary Quezada
Aug 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2018 Pat Beck Animals and children, should NEVER be left in cars, in hot weather. Sheer stupidity and neglect. By all means it should be allowed to rescue them, without fear of liability!
Aug 4, 2018 Evgenia Bludenova
Aug 4, 2018 Kawshi Perera
Aug 3, 2018 Adrienne Kaiser
Aug 3, 2018 Suzanne Adams If a person acts to save the life of an animal trapped in a sweltering car they should be able to act without fear.
Aug 3, 2018 Helen Brooks People need to be able to help animals that are in distress.
Aug 3, 2018 Ann Johnson
Aug 3, 2018 Nicole Kennedy
Aug 3, 2018 Dawn Williams Pass it we need it now
Aug 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2018 Anita Sutton
Aug 3, 2018 Julia Paradine This should be an easy policy review. Allow people the freedom to be able to do the right thing if someone puts an animal at risk.

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