Forbid Leaving Animals in Deathly Hot Vehicles

dog in car by MC Morgan

Target: Executive Director and State Veterinarian Dr. Dee Ellis of the Texas Animal Health Commission

Goal: Ban Texas citizens from leaving their pets in hot cars.

Temperatures inside of a hot car can reach as high as 106 degrees, even on a day that’s only 78, and currently Texas does not have any Good Samaritan laws that protect those who attempt to help trapped animals survive. Texas has yet to join the coalition of over 16 other states that have passed a law that forbids pet owners from leaving their dogs in their cars, so there is no legal protection from this animal abuse and possible murder nor any legal support of those attempting to prevent it.

The unfortunately common death of children and animals from heat stroke in a car over a hundred degrees can happen in only minutes. If someone sees a dog on the verge of heat exhaustion or stroke and tries to help it escape, he could face serious state penalties for attempted breaking and entering for the sake of another living being’s life. Tell the Texas Animal Health Commission that the state needs to either legalize the valiant effort of saving a life, or forbid pet owners from leaving their animals to suffer in heat.


Dear Dr. Dee Ellis,

Stories appear in the news every year about infants or dogs that have been killed because of an adult’s negligence in locking them in a hot vehicle. Death from heat stroke can happen in minutes, and many of these cars’ interiors reach into the hundreds of degrees during the summer or even fall. As of now, Texas does not have any law forbidding its pet owners from trapping their animals in their cars for extended periods of time. They do not even have a law that allows a passing Good Samaritan to free a suffering animal without receiving breaking and entering charges.

I am here to ask you to change that. As the Executive Director of the state’s Animal Health Commission, you have the power and authority to make the law against trapping animals in hot vehicles a reality in the state of Texas. Please protect these animals from the possibility of organ failure and death by forbidding this abuse or protecting these animals’ saviors.


[Your Name Here]

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