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.
[Your Name here]
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