Commend Efforts to Protect Animals from Overheating


Target: North Carolina House of Representatives

Goal: Commend efforts to protect animals from suffocating in hot cars

The North Carolina House of Representatives recently passed a bill to allow emergency responders permission to break in and save dogs or other animals in hot cars. This is an important step to ensure that dogs can legally be taken out of cars without any repercussions. Dogs trapped in hot cars have recently come up in the news too many times as a result of a recent heat wave in the U.S. A supermarket employee even got fired for saving someone else’s dog from an overheated car. If this bill gets passed in the Senate then it will be legal in North Carolina for firefighters and animal control officers to save dogs from suffocating in overheated cars.

If passed, the legislation will allow rescue workers to use any reasonable means to enter a vehicle if they suspect an animal is at risk. Animal control officers would be allowed to act upon the law if conditions are likely to cause suffering, injury, or death to the animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or under any endangering conditions. Rescue workers would be required to locate the owner or other person responsible for the animal first. The procedure would ensure that animals are rescued without breaking into a car if possible, however; still putting the wellbeing of animals first and pulling them out if no owner can be found.

Sign this petition to commend the North Carolina House of Representatives for passing a bill that can significantly improve the wellbeing of so many animals that are left to suffer in overheated cars yearly. Pets, dogs in particular, suffer from suffocation and heat stroke by being left in a car that’s parked in a sunny spot. Often, their owners are irresponsible and don’t even leave the windows open, so these animals die in the heat. It’s important to recognize that the public cares about such policies that protect these animals.


Dear North Carolina House of Representatives,

I want to express my gratitude for your decision to pass a bill that would make it legal for animal rescue officers to break in and save dogs and other animals in hot cars. This is an important step to protect the pets often left to suffocate in overheated cars and to also protect those that try to save them.

It’s important that local governments pass legislation like this and it shows that the North Carolina House of Representatives takes animal rights seriously.


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  1. I think it should be illegal anywhere if a dog or child is left in a hot car.
    Just today my friend was out shopping, she saw a baby in a car screaming and crying. She sat in her car and tried to call 911 but her phone would not work. So finally she found security in the parking lot. She lead Security to the car and he went into the car and took the baby out, car not even locked. I hope to God he called the police, my friend said the baby was in the car for 40 minutes that she knew of. It was 92 degrees, not sure why she waited so long the baby could have died or got brain damage from the heat. I would have done it immediately myself. The heat in the car had to be at least 120 degrees if not more. I am surprised the baby did not die for the length of time being over 40 minutes.
    What is the matter with people? You just cannot leave your child unattended and not in heat like this anywhere.

  2. Judith Phillips says:

    I feel every effort should be made to rescue children, elderly or handicapped, and ALL animals from cars, etc that’s too hot, cold or in a dangerous situation to their lives.

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