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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

Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2018 Sally Heeitt This law needs to be put in place and people prosecuted No animal or child should die this way!!
Jun 20, 2018 June Allen
Jun 20, 2018 Ruth Hussey
Jun 20, 2018 Shelley Brown No excuse for letting an animal die a horrible death in a hot car. At least give a good semaritan a chance to rescue it
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2018 Janice Prince
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) Here in FL. if you have time call 911, if the dog is in extreme distress, act first, than call 911.
Jun 20, 2018 Tina Watkins
Jun 20, 2018 Michelle Weiss
Jun 20, 2018 Wendy Lukowitz
Jun 20, 2018 Laura G Please don't let helpless animals die in hot cars when when they can and should be saved by concerned citizens. There should be no legal action against these Good Samaritans for doing the right thing. The perpetrators should be charged instead.
Jun 20, 2018 Ursula Hynes We need to be able to protect defenseless animals against the actions of non caring owners, allow us to rescue
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) Leaving an animal in a hot, unattended vehicle should be a felony in ALL states!
Jun 20, 2018 Shane Lusher
Jun 20, 2018 Christina Fontaine
Jun 20, 2018 Sandra Britton Granting individuals the legal right to rescue an animal in a hot car is long over due. Adding an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act allowing people to rescue animals trapped in a hot car is the right thing to do!
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2018 Carol Watson If I saw an animal locked in a car, I would do anything to rescue him/her. No living being should be left in a car during hot weather to suffer and die. Charges should be brought against the owners. Every state should have the "Right to Rescue" law!
Jun 20, 2018 Elke Wollersheim
Jun 20, 2018 Joe Hollerich
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) i would do whatever it took to rescue an animal from a hot car
Jun 20, 2018 PJ Vasconcellos
Jun 20, 2018 Charlinda Korte
Jun 20, 2018 Carol Green
Jun 20, 2018 Rodney Kolar
Jun 20, 2018 Gloria SCIANDRA
Jun 20, 2018 Jeanie Tottenham-Tave
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 Laura Stallworth
Jun 19, 2018 Beverly. Speirs
Jun 19, 2018 Janet Hughes Break window,rescue dog or other living beings. Call police,then call local news. Ask them if they’d like to get film on you being arrested for saving a life
Jun 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 Tina Hargrove This law MUST be passed across the board to all states PERIOD!!!!!
Jun 19, 2018 Laura Muscat
Jun 19, 2018 Monique Olgee
Jun 19, 2018 Gina Embry
Jun 19, 2018 Cherry Fleming
Jun 19, 2018 Crystal Jarrett
Jun 19, 2018 Verbena Santo
Jun 19, 2018 Angela Sisk
Jun 19, 2018 Agnieszka Przywara
Jun 19, 2018 Alisia Howell
Jun 19, 2018 Joyce ALEXANDER
Jun 19, 2018 Jenn Opela
Jun 19, 2018 Mariola Rabelo Animals are living beings just like us. They don't choose the monstrous owner or to be left in the hot car, the irresponsible human does. Good Samaritans want to be able to rescue these living beings, please allows to.
Jun 19, 2018 Cyndi Robinson
Jun 19, 2018 Cynthia Logan Unbelievable that people STILL leave pets and kids in cars after so many tragedies. Let people help!
Jun 19, 2018 Carolyn Edwards-Johnson
Jun 19, 2018 Cheryl Silvia I wouldn't hesitate to break the window! Pay the court fee later!

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