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Pennsylvania: Protect Companion Animals from Exposure to Extreme Weather in Parked Cars

Pennsylvania: Protect Companion Animals from Exposure to Extreme Weather in Parked Cars

Name: Leaving Animals in Unattended Vehicles

Bill Number: HB 1216

Each year, hundreds of companion animals will tragically lose their lives when their owners leave them unattended in parked vehicles in extreme heat or cold. Many pet owners are unaware that even on a mild 70-degree day, the inside of a parked vehicle can reach the temperature of an oven within minutes, causing severe dehydration and even resulting in an animal’s death.

In 2017, the House approved HB 1216. This bill remains in the Senate Judiciary Committee awaiting action. The bill would allow law enforcement officers, animal control officers and other first responders to remove a dog or cat in severe physical distress from a car without liability.

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Please Protect Pets Left in Vehicles in Extreme Weather

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for legislation that will protect the health and safety of companion animals. Each year, hundreds of companion animals lose their lives when their owners leave them unattended in motor vehicles under dangerous conditions such as extreme heat, extreme cold or without proper ventilation.

HB 1216, which passed the House last year, will allow law enforcement officers, animal control officers and first responders to remove a cat or dog suffering from severe physical distress from a parked vehicle without liability when they have acted reasonably.

The best way to protect companion animals against these dangers is to enact a law that specifically targets the problem. Owners may not be aware that the inside of a car can reach dangerous levels within minutes even on a temperate day. Enacting legislation to directly combat this issue will spread awareness to citizens and save hundreds of dog and cat lives each year.

Before the end of the current legislative session, please help Pennsylvania join many other states in protecting companion animals from the dangers of being left unattended in cars.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]