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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.

Respectfully,

Petition Signatures


Feb 19, 2018 Vanessa Sudhaus
Feb 19, 2018 Gretchen Gibbs
Feb 19, 2018 Glenda Bennett Do the right thing! Pass amendment to allow pets to be rescued from hot cars.
Feb 19, 2018 frances williamson
Feb 19, 2018 Tara Leigh Seriously!
Feb 19, 2018 Dawn Lang Please help us save children & pets from hot cars.
Feb 19, 2018 Mireille Baré
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 Rebecca Reid-Johansson
Feb 19, 2018 Joanne Thanks
Feb 19, 2018 Dawn Chaney
Feb 19, 2018 Carin Thompson Pets deserve the same rights as children being locked in hot cars.
Feb 18, 2018 Lynette Melish
Feb 18, 2018 Mary Makinney
Feb 18, 2018 Mary Anne McDonald
Feb 18, 2018 Jamie Madson
Feb 18, 2018 Barbara Siewert
Feb 18, 2018 Cheryl Winter
Feb 18, 2018 Garianne Mabe
Feb 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2018 Cindy Mabe
Feb 18, 2018 Wendy Gonzales
Feb 18, 2018 Kathy Sharp
Feb 18, 2018 Maria Arteaga
Feb 18, 2018 Kelly Gleason I have seen too many dogs left in cars on hot days and have called the police. I believe no animal should be put in that condition ever.
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2018 Joyce Kolasa
Feb 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2018 Sharon Sparks
Feb 18, 2018 Lori McMurdy
Feb 18, 2018 Judith Pelletier
Feb 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2018 Eileen Pierson Right to Rescue is an absolute necessity. Please pass this.
Feb 18, 2018 Joan Dailey
Feb 18, 2018 Felicia Terrell Give us rights to rescue animals in danger,in need of help, from reckless people
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Lisa A
Feb 17, 2018 Shaina Needham
Feb 17, 2018 Lisa Gainey
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 DONNA Alvinoo
Feb 17, 2018 Susan Benson
Feb 17, 2018 Lizzy Schad
Feb 17, 2018 Alicia Chadwick
Feb 17, 2018 Richard Harvey
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Elizabeth Flanigan
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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