Protect Animals From Neglect in Life-Threatening Heat Conditions

Target: Andrew Colvin, Australian Police Commissioner

Goal: Demand stronger punishments for owners who leave their pets in life-threatening heat.

The Australian RSPCA has received nearly 200 calls reporting animals, mainly dogs, who were left to swelter in the heat without food, water or shelter. A dog died after being locked in a hot car, while another was left tied to a clothesline and died before anyone could help him.

Too many owners, not just in Australia but all over the world, are committing the crime of neglect and violating common sense when it comes to pets. Animal welfare groups and law enforcement have been warning people for decades never to leave their pets in a hot car or any other heated area, especially dogs. However, animals continue to suffer and die while their owners ignore these warnings, and evidently the punishments issued for such negligence have not been enough of an example to other owners.

We cannot allow this to keep happening. Allowing animals to suffer and die from overheating is one of the worst types of abuse. People who leave their pets to die in the heat should be banned from owning animals ever again, and any surviving pets should be taken away from them. Sign this petition to demand the punishment for these actions be stronger.


Dear Commissioner Colvin,

An innocent dog was recently left tied to a clothesline on a hot day in Australia, and another left in a hot car. Both of these dogs died. This problem is not exclusive to Australia — in the United States and other countries, people still leave their animals locked in hot cars or in other overheated areas without food or water, and many of these animals die. The ones who survive are often permanently injured from heat exposure.

For years, there have been warnings and laws against leaving pets in the heat, but people continue to break them. This is negligent and abusive behavior, and the punishments for such actions need to be stronger in order to better communicate the message that it is not okay to treat pets this way. You must enforce harsher punishments for this type of abuse, including taking surviving pets away from negligent owners and banning them from owning any more animals in the future.


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  3. am sure 1000s more go unreported, where is the love for animals australia

  4. We need harsher punishments for these pet owners so that this will stop.

  5. Be responsible and kind to your pets because they are reliable, loving and loyal companions!

  6. Pétition Signée & Partagée Signed & Shared Frima Asscine…!

  7. I live in Arizona and heat prostration is a horrible death. We have police officers that have canines as their partner leave their partner in the squard car parked in the drive way of their home (Mesa,Az) for 6 hours, only to say he was tired and had to take a nap and forgot his dog/partner. But all that was done to him was move him to a different department.
    But if this will pass in one area of Australia and prevent one death I’m all for it. I only wish and pray it would pass everywhere because I don’t believe anyone who is responsible for the horrible suffering inhumane death of any animal deserves anything less than life in prison. The animals of this world have been tortured and suffered for all of life it’s about time we all start standing up for them and making the a users pay!

  8. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared ?

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