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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 100ΒΊ 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

Apr 22, 2018 Diane Deminico
Apr 22, 2018 Molly Matus
Apr 22, 2018 Rebecca Gagliano
Apr 22, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 22, 2018 Marlene Butterfield
Apr 22, 2018 Debra Hodge Stoptreating animals like that
Apr 22, 2018 Deborah Long If a life can be saved no matter if it's human or animal, then if needs to be save.
Apr 22, 2018 Jessica Linnehan
Apr 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2018 Melissa Florido
Apr 22, 2018 Mary Ann Crain
Apr 21, 2018 Ericka alvarez 😭😭😭😭😭😝😘🐢😘🐢😘🐢😘
Apr 21, 2018 Wendy Gains
Apr 21, 2018 Patty Audrain
Apr 21, 2018 Debra Rodriguez Let the punishment fit the crime and let the abuser feel what the abuse have felt
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) Love animals so much. It's horrendous what some people do to them. Soooo sad !!!
Apr 21, 2018 Virginia Sherman
Apr 21, 2018 Deniz Macleod
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) I have a rescue dog she is a pitt and she is the best dog I ever had
Apr 20, 2018 Beverly Robertson If the owner leaves a precious animal in a heated car with no windows for air he or she doesn't deserve any Animal !!! And anybody that doesn't rescue this animal is just as bad make it legal for anybody to break in an rescue any Animal!
Apr 20, 2018 Rosanne Rienhardt
Apr 20, 2018 Carol Beechey Dogs, just like people, are living creatures and when they are in trouble, we should be allow to help them to prevent their death or injury.
Apr 20, 2018 Nicholett LaGrange
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 Kathy Boyer
Apr 20, 2018 Megan Ressler
Apr 20, 2018 Sandia Germenis
Apr 19, 2018 Linda MacDonald
Apr 18, 2018 T.L. Fisher Duh!!!!
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2018 Barbara Fontaine
Apr 18, 2018 Elizabeth Martinez
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2018 Jennifer Webb
Apr 18, 2018 Gwen Rose
Apr 18, 2018 Christine Fernando
Apr 17, 2018 Carol ODell
Apr 17, 2018 Betty Chan
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2018 Christine Persad
Apr 17, 2018 Valerie Charbonneau
Apr 17, 2018 Mary Jo Leake
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2018 V Thoresen
Apr 16, 2018 KIM ROCQUE
Apr 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2018 Mary Ann Bowen
Apr 16, 2018 Toni Zimmerman
Apr 16, 2018 Diane Abery

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