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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

May 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2017 Vicki Muncie
May 26, 2017 Nancy Clark
May 26, 2017 Mary Allen
May 26, 2017 Renee Freeland
May 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) I have and will continue to always be an advocate for animals, especially those in danger and unable to help themselves
May 26, 2017 J Ramos
May 26, 2017 Diana Foster
May 26, 2017 Laura Schwartz
May 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2017 Dorothy Drost
May 26, 2017 Kathi Swanson Leaving an animal or a person in a hot car is horrific what a awful death
May 26, 2017 Linda Bess
May 26, 2017 Belinda Ciprés
May 26, 2017 Harlyn Solorzano ❤️
May 26, 2017 Brenda Simpson
May 26, 2017 Liz Schneider if I see an animal or If I see an animal or a child in a hot car the windows are getting smashed end of story!
May 26, 2017 Krysten Beaven
May 26, 2017 JoEllen Mayer
May 26, 2017 deborah grissom
May 26, 2017 Karen Broten Having a car window open a little is not enough on warm and hot days. Pet caring folks should be able to break the window of needed and not be owners should be fined heavily so they don't do it again.
May 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2017 Terri Parker Yes...children and animals. Not just dogs..
May 26, 2017 Christina Pabon
May 26, 2017 Claudette Rollibs Get them out and to safety!!!!!
May 26, 2017 Peggy Acosta
May 26, 2017 Kathy Zimmer
May 26, 2017 Janice Dawson
May 26, 2017 Janice Murphy It really makes me mad when I see an animal left in a vehicle in the summer!
May 26, 2017 Carol Freihaut
May 26, 2017 vicki lepore
May 26, 2017 Angela Day
May 26, 2017 Margaret Wilson Animals need our protection.
May 26, 2017 Jessica Brown
May 26, 2017 Chris Sturm
May 26, 2017 Ila Minton
May 26, 2017 Eileen Tarquinio
May 26, 2017 Cynthia Powers
May 26, 2017 Tammy Clarke
May 26, 2017 Kj Reese
May 26, 2017 Ronnette Piesczynski
May 26, 2017 Polly Morgan
May 26, 2017 Earth Thunder
May 26, 2017 Tomi Niezgoda
May 26, 2017 Karen Moore
May 26, 2017 Randa Hoffmann
May 26, 2017 erika nunez
May 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2017 Jan Rose

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