Don’t let dogs and cats die in hot cars

This week’s Take Action Thursday urges action in your state to protect companion animals left unattended in cars.

Hundreds of animals die from heat exhaustion each summer when they are left alone in parked cars. Even on a temperate day with the windows rolled down, the inside of a car can become as hot as an oven in a matter of minutes—and the animals have no way of getting out.

Twenty-nine states (AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MN, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, RI, SD, TN, VA, VT, WA, WI and WV) have already passed laws protecting companion animals from these dangerous conditions, providing a mechanism to free unattended animals from overheating cars.  

Three states are currently considering legislation to address the issue of animals left unattended in cars. Some redefine animal cruelty to include locking a companion animal in a vehicle as a crime, while others already offer that protection and now seek to offer civil immunity to individuals who enter a locked car to rescue an animal.

If you live in one of these states, please ask your legislators to support your bill.

Illinois, HB 4191 TAKE ACTION »
Michigan, HB 5063 TAKE ACTION »
Pennsylvania, HB 1216 TAKE ACTION »


If your state isn’t listed as having a law, and also doesn’t currently have legislation pending TAKE ACTIOn to ask your state Representative and Senator to sponsor a bill in the next legislative session
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This entry was posted in News on May 31, 2018.
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