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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 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2018 Rita Gebauer
Jun 22, 2018 Sheniah Ferguson
Jun 22, 2018 Sue Adams
Jun 22, 2018 Gene Scott
Jun 22, 2018 doris grein
Jun 22, 2018 Jenny Galbavy
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2018 Jill Gill Yes we need to have people who can help these poor animals that get left behind out of danger,dire situations. For those of us who aren't brain dead and or irresponsible and do not put animals lives in danger. We should be allowed to assist in this area.
Jun 22, 2018 Sarah Young
Jun 22, 2018 Dominique Mas
Jun 22, 2018 Dolly Leenlheer
Jun 22, 2018 Cassandra Weldon-Faulkner I am a Floridian and proud that we have at least established a "right to Rescue" law so that those who forcefully free trapped dogs and children have no civil liability. Whether someone is careless or just ignorant, no animal should die in locked vehicle!
Jun 21, 2018 Eva DeRoche
Jun 21, 2018 Sarah Bernhardt
Jun 21, 2018 patty langford SAVE A LIFE!
Jun 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2018 J L
Jun 21, 2018 Kathleen Varnum
Jun 21, 2018 Sigrid B Boyd
Jun 21, 2018 Sherri Renn It is absolutely despicable to leave your pet in a hot car. Since so many unresponsible owners continue to do so there should be a law, if anyone witnesses this they have the right to intervene without any criminal charges on behalf of the animals.
Jun 21, 2018 Pam Scholl
Jun 21, 2018 Nancy Beaune
Jun 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) Something needs to be done to allow people to forcefully enter a vehicle to free a child or dog that’s been trapped in parked car.
Jun 21, 2018 Jeff Zimmer
Jun 21, 2018 Lori Spinner
Jun 20, 2018 Jennifer Calvert
Jun 20, 2018 Mandy Miller
Jun 20, 2018 Julie Seis
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) I support any legislation that supports animal rights. Please don’t leave your pets in hot cars for even 2 minutes. And don’t let them walk on hot asphalt.if you can’t walk on it neither can your pets.
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2018 Marsha Sullivan They need our voice protect your pets in any animal that’s a need help them always
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
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!

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