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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

Jul 22, 2017 Penny Fitzsimmons
Jul 22, 2017 Katia Nuñez
Jul 22, 2017 Mingion Plummer
Jul 22, 2017 Judy Marconi
Jul 22, 2017 Nancy Demaio
Jul 22, 2017 Terry Silva Overdue
Jul 22, 2017 Kelly Hebert
Jul 22, 2017 Lynn Tiwari This NEEDS to happen! We must save the lives of these poor helpless victims without retribution!
Jul 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2017 Gayle Edelman-Tolchin
Jul 22, 2017 Mary Yates
Jul 22, 2017 Delia Guerra
Jul 22, 2017 Patricia Cooper
Jul 22, 2017 Janna McQuinn
Jul 22, 2017 Raquel Duncan
Jul 22, 2017 Vicki Murphy This needs to be passed! I always call the police, but, it would be nice if I could do it myself!!!
Jul 22, 2017 Lynn Ketchum As long as we have stupid people taking their pets versus leaving them at home and out of the heat, then we need a law for concerned citizens to act and save animals.
Jul 22, 2017 (Name not displayed) We should be allowed to rescue pets from hot vehicles!
Jul 22, 2017 Erin Doherty
Jul 22, 2017 Monique Budovsky this needs to stop people need to understand that these are living loving being and they cannot be left in a hot car it needs to be a crime punishable by law maybe that one will actually get it in their head not to do this
Jul 22, 2017 Karrah Tapscott
Jul 22, 2017 Effie Seanlarnold
Jul 22, 2017 Christine Gonzalez I will always help a fur baby out of a hot car. They to me are like my children and I would never leave them in a car, EVER!!
Jul 22, 2017 Marge Maack Why can it not be legal to rescue the poor helpless animal with the stupid owner?
Jul 22, 2017 Stephanie Brodsky Hell yes, because some stupid human leave the dog in the car when it's hot . If I see that I'm going to definitely get the dog out of there . That is abuse and neglect .
Jul 22, 2017 Tamala Faris
Jul 22, 2017 Sharon Tiesen Anyone caught doing this should be charged with a felony
Jul 22, 2017 Cindy Campbell
Jul 22, 2017 Donna Szlosek
Jul 22, 2017 Debra Morris Smith
Jul 22, 2017 Victoria Gaudio
Jul 22, 2017 Susan Johnson
Jul 22, 2017 Estrella Granda
Jul 22, 2017 Dianne Verhage
Jul 22, 2017 ChristineC Chudzicki
Jul 22, 2017 Nicole Ashley No one should have the right to sue someone rescuing an animal or child from dying an agonizing death in a hot car!!
Jul 22, 2017 Cheryl Border Thank goodness the Arizona legislature did pass this law just recently. All 50 states need this to protect pets and children.
Jul 22, 2017 Tina Ducker
Jul 22, 2017 Janet Rasor This law needs to be passed in all 50 states as quickly as pos sidle and owners sentenced to jail for abuse with animals removed from their care and unable to own any further pets ever!!!
Jul 22, 2017 Tanya Batista
Jul 22, 2017 Kimberlee Black
Jul 22, 2017 Barbara Nelson These precious ones are very loving. They should be only bred for pets. Please use scrutiny when adopting them out that they are not used for dog fighting or intense guard dog. They get such a bad rap because people use these dogs for those reasons.
Jul 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2017 Wendy Hilbert Nothing breathing should be left in a car etc...
Jul 22, 2017 Debbie Laramore
Jul 22, 2017 Rena Reidt Because it's the right thing to do !!!!!!
Jul 22, 2017 Alicia Perez
Jul 22, 2017 Michele Ritchey Please help any animal that needs help. They don't have a voice. We all need to speak for all of these precious animals.
Jul 22, 2017 Lisa Weber
Jul 22, 2017 brianna conti

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