Target: New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo
Goal: Allow concerned citizens to free trapped animals from inside a car under extreme weather conditions.
New York is attempting to allow ordinary citizens to save animals trapped in hot cars using any means necessary before the creature dies. Doing so could save the lives of many pets.
Despite overwhelming danger, many citizens continue to leave their pets in enclosed vehicles under extreme conditions. Currently, police officers and peace officers are the only individuals permitted to use any means necessary to save an animal in distress. Urge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to pass legislation designed to save the lives of animals in distress.
Though it is considered by most to be an unacceptable and dangerous practice, many people continue to leave their pets trapped in cars under very hot conditions. Regardless of the intentions or the amount of time involved, this is absolutely unacceptable. Studies demonstrate the scorching temperatures in cars even on mildly warm days. Too often, this results in the deaths of many beloved pets in a matter of minutes.
Police officers and peace officers are often unable to reach their destination in time to save innocent pets, who are forced to suffer a painful and unnecessary death. Extending current laws allowing for the rescuing of pets to citizens would ensure many lives are saved and free rescuers from any charges for damage.
Please sign this petition to urge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to allow citizens the protection to free trapped animals from hot vehicles.
Dear Governor Cuomo,
Too many lives have already been lost due to negligent owners leaving their pets in hot cars. Even a short trip to the store can have detrimental effects on an innocent pet. This needs to change. Extending current rescue laws to apply to citizens would have a significantly positive impact and save the lives of many pets in the state of New York. I urge you to take a stand for innocent lives and ensure the protection of citizens and animals.
Freeing citizens from any liability for damages incurred while rescuing a pet from a hot vehicle is vital in ensuring every necessary precaution is taken. Citizens will understand their responsibilities and feel able to step in and take action when a police officer is not available.
New York has the opportunity to set an excellent example for other states to follow. So much has been done to protect animals, yet there is still so much progress to be made. This is an important step in that process. Please ensure the protection of citizens concerned for the well being of pets trapped in extreme conditions.
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