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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


Jun 23, 2018 Jack Martin
Jun 23, 2018 Jim Faulks
Jun 22, 2018 William Laughlin
Jun 22, 2018 Diana Asberry-Whitt We here in Indiana can be arrested if we break a car window in order to save a do in serious distress from the heat. Amend the Animal Welfare Act to make it legal in all 50 states to rescue dogs from excessively hot cars before they die, not after
Jun 22, 2018 Teresa Rambacher There are no words to describe the utmost DISGUST I feel towards ANYONE who would leave an animal (or baby) in a vehicle, alone, for any amount of time! Of COURSE I urge you to make this " Right to Rescue" law a reality all over the country! Please!
Jun 22, 2018 Nicki Stoneman People that keep their dog's in hot car's need never to own again. Common sense which stupid people don't have.
Jun 22, 2018 Linda Patrick No one should be punished for doing the right thing! Please protect the people who are saving lives.
Jun 22, 2018 Cindy Z
Jun 22, 2018 MP Hillman
Jun 22, 2018 Kathleen TAYLOR
Jun 22, 2018 AnneMarie Ansel
Jun 22, 2018 Patricia Homola-Portuondo TO SAY NOTHING-TO DO NOTHING-STOPS NOTHING! GO USADA, LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, ANIMAL CONTROL AND GOOD SAMARITANS. STAND UP FOR WHAT'S RIGHT.
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 ROZANN HELGESON WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO HELP IF THE OWNERS ARE NOT GOING TO THINK OR IF OWNERS ARE THAT CRUEL!!
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!!

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