Success: Pets Protected from Being Locked in Cars

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Target: Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen, President of the Washington State Senate

Goal: Applaud the passing of a bill that makes it a civil offense to leave a pet in a car under dangerous conditions.

Pets are now protected from being locked unattended in a car or other enclosed space where the animal is at risk of overheating in high temperatures, freezing in cold temperatures, or doesn’t have access to adequate air or water, thanks to a bill that was recently passed in the Washington State Senate. The bill was approved unanimously thanks in part to petitions like ForceChange’s Stop Dogs from Being Left to Die in Hot Cars, which have helped to raise national awareness about this animal cruelty issue.

An additional part of the bill gives police and animal control officers the right to break into a car without any liability in order to rescue an animal inside. In the past, officers may not have taken action due to damage liability for breaking into the car. The offense of leaving a pet in a car will result in a $125 fine if the bill becomes law, and offenders may even be charged with animal cruelty, which is a felony under state law.

Dog fatalities from the animals being left inside hot vehicles have been increasing, so the passing of this bill is a step in the right direction toward preventing animal cruelty. Hopefully this bill will become law and other states will follow suit in taking a stronger stance to protect animals from neglect and cruelty. By signing this petition, you will help to applaud this positive action toward bettering animal welfare.


Dear Lieutenant Governor Owen,

I would like to applaud and congratulate you on passing a bill in the Washington State Senate that will not only protect animals from the cruelty of being abandoned in a car during a hot or freezing cold day, but will also help local law enforcement to rescue these animals if they are in danger. It’s about time that animal cruelty laws become stricter and with harsher penalties in order to prevent this kind of sickening behavior and ensure that animals do not have to deal with these horrific situations.

The number of dogs who die from being left locked in a car on a hot day has been increasing, so this bill is a step in the right direction to protect the welfare of these animals and decrease the number of fatalities from this neglect. I hope this bill becomes law and that other states will follow suit in standing up for the rights and protection of animals.


[Your Name Here]

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