Target: Robert A. DeLeo, Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and Governor Charlie Baker
Goal: Allow passers-by to rescue pets from hot cars and pass two other pet-safety laws.
Bystanders could be allowed to break car windows to protect locked-in animals from overheating thanks to a bill recently approved by the Massachusetts Senate. The bill now needs to be approved by the House and signed by the governor.
The Senate unanimously approved the bill to allow passers-by to take action if they see an animal locked in a car. First, the individual must check to make sure no doors are unlocked, then he or she must “make a quick effort to find a police officer.” If neither of these options yields success, the person is authorized to break a window to rescue the animal as long as he or she calls 911 to alert a dispatcher to his or her intentions.
Rescuers would also be required to remain on the scene with the pet until emergency crews arrive. Emergency workers and first responders would also have the same ability to rescue animals, so long as they made an attempt to find the owner of the car first.
In the same session, the Senate unanimously approved two other pet-protecting bills, one of which would institute numerous regulations surrounding breeding. Under the terms of the bill, no puppies or kittens could be sold before they are eight weeks old. Pet stores would also be required to do business only with licensed breeders, cutting “puppy mills” out of the equation.
In addition, the stores would be required to post information about each animal and its breeder. The third bill would require all new owners of foreclosed homes to walk through their new property within three days of the sale to ensure that no abandoned pets have been left inside the house.
These three bills are common sense solutions to problems that have long plagued both animal lovers and the pet industry. Sign the petition and urge the House and the governor to ensure their quick passage into law.
Dear Mr. Speaker and Governor Baker,
I am writing to express my support for three pet-friendly bills that are now under your consideration. All three were unanimously approved by the Senate, and I hope that they will be similarly well-received by the House and the Governor’s Office.
The first of the three bills would allow passers-by to smash the window of a car in order to rescue a pet trapped inside. There are, of course, certain conditions the rescuer must fulfill first. He or she must try the door, attempt to find a police officer, and call 911 to alert a dispatcher to his or her intentions. He or she would also have to remain on the scene until emergency workers arrived.
The second bill would regulate various aspects of breeding, banning the sale of puppies and kittens before eight weeks and effectively banning “puppy mills” by requiring pet stores to do business with only licensed breeders. Furthermore, stores would be required to display information about each animal and its breeder.
Finally, the third bill would require buyers of foreclosed homes to walk through the property within three days of purchase to ensure that no pets have been abandoned inside the house. These common sense measures are all vitally important to the health of animals in the Bay State. I urge you to pass them without delay.
[Your Name Here]
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