Increase Protection for Animals Trapped in Hot Cars


Target: New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo

Goal: Allow concerned citizens to free trapped animals from inside a car under extreme climate conditions.

New York is attempting to allow ordinary citizens to save animals trapped in hot cars using any means necessary before the creature dies. Doing so could save the lives of many pets.

Despite overwhelming danger, many citizens continue to leave their pets in enclosed vehicles under extreme conditions. Currently, police officers and peace officers are the only individuals permitted to use any means necessary to save an animal in distress. Urge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to pass legislation designed to save the lives of animals in distress.

Considered by most to be an unacceptable and dangerous practice, many continue to leave their pets trapped in cars under extreme conditions. Regardless of the intentions or the amount of time, this act is absolutely unacceptable. Studies demonstrate the scorching temperatures in cars even on mildly warm days. Too often, this results in the death of many beloved pets in a matter of minutes.

Police officers and peace officers are often unable to reach their destination in time to save innocent pets and they’re forced to suffer a painful and unnecessary death. Extending current laws to citizens would ensure many lives are saved and free citizens from any charges for damage.

Please sign this petition to urge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to allow citizens the protection to free trapped animals from hot vehicles.


Dear Governor Cuomo,

Too many lives have already been lost due to negligent owners leaving their pets in hot cars. Even a short trip to the store can have detrimental effects on an innocent pet. This needs to change. Extending current laws to apply to citizens would have a significantly positive impact and save the lives of many pets in the state of New York. I urge you to take a stand for innocent lives and ensure the protection of citizens and animals.

Freeing citizens from any liability for damages incurred while rescuing a pet from a hot vehicle is vital in ensuring every necessary precaution is taken. Citizens will understand their responsibilities and feel able to step in and take action when a police officer is not available.

New York has the opportunity to set an excellent example for other states to follow. So much has been done to protect animals, yet there is still so much progress to be made. This is an important step in that process. Please ensure the protection of citizens concerned for the well being of pets trapped in extreme conditions.


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One Comment

  1. Linda Amundson says:

    Anyone stupid enough to leave their dog or other animal in a hot car does not deserve to bring charges against the person who rescued that idiot’s animal.

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