Keep Animals Out of Hot Cars

1215.pngHB 1216, The Motor Vehicle Extreme Heat Protection Act introduced by Representative’s Frank Farry and Dom Costa + 33 co-sponsors  passed the full house unanimously and is now awaiting final passage in the Senate! Please call, write, email, or use social media to contact your State Senator to request their support of HB 1216. Your message can be short, stating simply “I am a constituent – please support HB 1216,  the Animals in Distress/Hot Car Bill.”

HB 1216 will:

  • Allow a police officer, or humane officer to remove a dog or cat from an unattended motor vehicle if they believe the dog or cat is suffering and is endangered after a reasonable search for the owner or operator of the vehicle.
  •  Protect police officer, humane officer, or public safety professional who removes a dog or cat from an unattended vehicle from liability of any damages.
  • Require an officer who removes a dog or cat from an unattended vehicle to take it to a veterinary hospital or animal care clinic for a health screening and treatment. A conspicuous note will be left for the owner stating the officer’s information and the information for where to pick up the pet.
  • SB 636 will also make it a summary offense to confine a dog or cat in a car under conditions that jeopardize the pet’s health, and also adds other public safety professionals to the list of who can remove the animal.


Why is it dangerous to leave an animal in a car?

On a 72 degree day, a car’s internal temperature can heat up to 116 degrees within an hour. On an 80 degree day, a car’s internal temperature can shoot up to a sweltering 99 degrees in just 10 minutes. Lowering the window has been shown to have little effect on a car’s temperature.



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