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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


Nov 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2017 Shirley Strickler Heartbreaking!
Nov 21, 2017 Maria Scala
Nov 21, 2017 Catherine Quiroga
Nov 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2017 Cara Kopec
Nov 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2017 M Pall It is ridiculous that there has to be a petition to be able to do something that is right. Stop enabling cruelty.
Nov 21, 2017 Lisa Buonocore
Nov 21, 2017 Regina Lawrence
Nov 20, 2017 kim irv Please help us help them,from dumb people.
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 deborah reimers yes pass the law cause if i seen a dog in hot car i would break the window but then i dont want to get in trouble
Nov 20, 2017 Jenny Riviere
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 george maharis
Nov 20, 2017 Grera Garza
Nov 20, 2017 Carla Hatfield
Nov 20, 2017 Stacy Trumbull
Nov 20, 2017 Eleanor Hiteshew Its long overdue that we rescuers are protected under the law, whether child or dog or old person, I will break a window to save a life and the law should protect me.
Nov 20, 2017 Judith Adaie
Nov 20, 2017 Gina Kochel
Nov 20, 2017 Denene Dobbratz
Nov 20, 2017 Wendy Lutz Why would anyone do this?
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 Sheena Corona
Nov 20, 2017 Penny Fleischman Trying to save any creature from cruelty is the humane thing to do.
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 Lourdes Santiago
Nov 20, 2017 Danielle Hutchinson
Nov 20, 2017 Tiffany Parket
Nov 20, 2017 Elaine Sears
Nov 20, 2017 Terry Palacios
Nov 20, 2017 Lindsay Rosenberg
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 Donna Piedrahita We need to be able to help an animal who stuck in a hot vehicle
Nov 20, 2017 Margo Mullegan
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 Anna Iapalucci
Nov 20, 2017 Sandy Crooms
Nov 20, 2017 Tracy Shantery
Nov 20, 2017 Patricia Clark We all need to be advocates for the animals AND children that need us..
Nov 20, 2017 Angela Hinojosa
Nov 20, 2017 Laura Kamenitz
Nov 20, 2017 Sue Abernethy
Nov 20, 2017 Emanuela Cattabiani
Nov 20, 2017 Mary Brandt

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