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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 19, 2018 Craig Kramer
Jul 19, 2018 Melody Huffman
Jul 19, 2018 Sonya Smith
Jul 19, 2018 Terry Southard I bought a window breaking tool to keep in my car for an emergency AND to keep on my keychain in the event I see a suffering animal OR child in a hot car because of the IGNORANCE of so-called caring humans. I WILL break a window if needed!!!
Jul 19, 2018 L R
Jul 19, 2018 Octavia Salerno
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Summer Patterson
Jul 19, 2018 Lola Schiefelbein
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName872148597947237 jmetetlastName10288998600784 jmeterComment2441
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName627848918936298 jmetetlastName263019577706181 jmeterComment5880
Jul 18, 2018 Nellie Medlin
Jul 17, 2018 David Sickles
Jul 17, 2018 Sahsha States
Jul 17, 2018 Sherri Young
Jul 17, 2018 Joyce Frievalt
Jul 17, 2018 Laura LaRocca
Jul 17, 2018 Davina Gilligan
Jul 17, 2018 Mary O'Neil
Jul 17, 2018 Lucille Decaria
Jul 17, 2018 Kathy Bean
Jul 17, 2018 Jennifer McBurney
Jul 17, 2018 Suzanne Nardiello
Jul 17, 2018 Bernie Doherty
Jul 17, 2018 Cheryle Smith
Jul 17, 2018 Amanda Stogner
Jul 17, 2018 Criss Sledge
Jul 17, 2018 Eliza Johnson
Jul 17, 2018 sharon porter
Jul 17, 2018 Bonnie Deare
Jul 17, 2018 sylvia forster
Jul 17, 2018 Michelle Stewart
Jul 17, 2018 Jennifer Kulp
Jul 17, 2018 susan barta
Jul 17, 2018 Kirsten Deveraux
Jul 17, 2018 Alana Kaplan
Jul 17, 2018 Kirsten Van Heurck
Jul 17, 2018 Karen Scarlet
Jul 17, 2018 Sarah Von Beanz
Jul 17, 2018 Kristel Van Heurck
Jul 16, 2018 Patricia Cummings
Jul 16, 2018 Katherine Tuttle
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 13, 2018 Pamela Powell
Jul 13, 2018 Glenys Rawdon
Jul 12, 2018 Sara Smith
Jul 12, 2018 Richard Netzband
Jul 12, 2018 Pam Welsh-Durbin
Jul 12, 2018 Kimberly Starnes
Jul 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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