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Michigan: Protect Companion Animals from Exposure to Elements in Parked Cars

Michigan: Protect Companion Animals from Exposure to Elements in Parked Cars

Name: Crime of Leaving Animals in Unattended Motor Vehicles

Bill Number: HB 5063

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, or in the presence of other dangers. 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. Sadly, rolling down the windows of a car has little to no effect on the interior temperature of a car. Conditions can be equally dangerous to companion animals on cold winter days.

HB 5063 would include confining an animal in an unattended motor vehicle in conditions that would endanger their health or well-being in the criminal code as an act of cruelty. Furthermore, an owner would be held criminally responsible for any injury or death to a companion animal as a result of being left in an unattended vehicle, with significant escalating penalties depending on the degree of injury caused to the animal.

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Please Protect Pets Left in Vehicles from Imminent Danger

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for legislation that will protect the health and safety of companion animals. Each year, individuals leave pets in unattended vehicles under dangerous conditions such as extreme heat, extreme cold or without proper ventilation.

HB 5063 would include confining an animal in an unattended motor vehicle in conditions that would endanger their health or well-being in the criminal code as an act of cruelty toward animals. Furthermore, an owner would be held criminally responsible for any injury or death to a companion animal as a result of being left in an unattended vehicle, with significant escalating penalties depending on the degree of injury caused to the animal.

The best way to protect companion animals against imminent dangers is to enact a law that recognizes the harm to animals from confining them in a vehicle in conditions that endanger their health.

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

Thank you for your consideration.

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