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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 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2018 Carmel Shephard
Feb 23, 2018 Susan Welsford
Feb 23, 2018 Rhoda Harvey
Feb 23, 2018 Cynthia Marzett
Feb 23, 2018 Amanda Jarrett
Feb 23, 2018 Luci Fowler
Feb 23, 2018 April Decker I support Right to Rescue laws, as long as they have responsible safeguards. Pets need to be protected
Feb 23, 2018 Hamilton Regen
Feb 23, 2018 Irene Yoshida
Feb 23, 2018 LINDA FANCHER
Feb 23, 2018 Bev Womack
Feb 23, 2018 Michele Young I'll do it anyway wether you can or can't.
Feb 22, 2018 Kathryn Hill
Feb 22, 2018 Carlie Pelfrey
Feb 22, 2018 Amy Varaitch
Feb 22, 2018 Jessica Hubbard
Feb 22, 2018 Merilim Ledoux
Feb 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) These people are complete idiots leaving an animal or baby in a hot car!
Feb 22, 2018 Laura Olson
Feb 22, 2018 Betty Geddings Their life’s matter!
Feb 22, 2018 Sharon Ott
Feb 22, 2018 Rose Collins
Feb 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 22, 2018 Yvette Lavoie
Feb 22, 2018 Danielle Borton
Feb 22, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 22, 2018 Melissa Ventling If you were in danger, you'd want to be saved!
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 Tiffany Clark
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 Nora Beall
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 Shelby Speight
Feb 21, 2018 Vicky Melancon
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 Gretchen Fromm
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 Stacey Mclea
Feb 21, 2018 alan lane
Feb 21, 2018 Betty Short
Feb 21, 2018 Nancy Gravel
Feb 21, 2018 Cyndi Fought
Feb 21, 2018 Barbara Siegrist I think it’s a great idea but I would take my chances to save a dog. I have tried the call animal control and police. And they never show up
Feb 21, 2018 Florence Espinoza
Feb 21, 2018 Diane Johnson
Feb 21, 2018 Kim Wyatt
Feb 21, 2018 Tabeth Wilsher

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