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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

Jan 19, 2018 Ximen Foshee We need to protect those who can’t do it for themselves!
Jan 19, 2018 heidi leiweke
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2018 Jean ann Morriz Tired of seeing dogs in hot cars during summer..leave them home
Jan 19, 2018 Donna Kay Dogs are family it not right to leave in hot car i think ppl should have right to rescue out of car
Jan 19, 2018 ANNA HARVEY
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) Absolutely support this! Many, many pet owners love their pets almost as much as their children, and neither can be replaced!
Jan 19, 2018 Jennifer Churas
Jan 19, 2018 Jean Taylor
Jan 19, 2018 Milagros Serranos
Jan 19, 2018 Kathy Schoolfield
Jan 19, 2018 Melisa Bale
Jan 18, 2018 Angie Lewis
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Marie Waller
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Carrie Hester
Jan 18, 2018 Holly Mueller
Jan 18, 2018 maria dimaio
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Maureen Yetto Yes...they should and owners go to jail
Jan 18, 2018 valerie Winters
Jan 18, 2018 Michael Bobrick
Jan 18, 2018 Lara Ashouwak
Jan 18, 2018 Melantha Bobrick
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Amber tosto
Jan 18, 2018 CYNDI Roberge
Jan 18, 2018 Lori Lundstrom
Jan 17, 2018 Cindy Horn
Jan 17, 2018 Theresa Beeson
Jan 17, 2018 Ximena Rendon
Jan 17, 2018 Bridget Soto
Jan 17, 2018 Pat Mocarski
Jan 17, 2018 Grace Leighton
Jan 17, 2018 Nancy Filbert
Jan 17, 2018 Christine Kochevar
Jan 17, 2018 Velvadena Adkins I’d break into your car to rescue your baby or your grandma without hesitation. Please make it LEGAL for me to do this for pets too. Because physiologically too much damage can be done if I wait on a police officer.
Jan 17, 2018 Ruth Hernandez
Jan 17, 2018 Shelley Michaels
Jan 17, 2018 Deborah Myers
Jan 17, 2018 Debra Cipriano You don't leave dog in hot cars
Jan 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 17, 2018 Jaci Elliot
Jan 17, 2018 Elaine Jozefowicz
Jan 17, 2018 Loretta Wagner
Jan 17, 2018 Saffy Homaifar

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