Allow officers to rescue pets in hot cars
- Michael Vick
There are currently only 17 states that have laws to protect animals from being left in hot cars. Michael Vick is trying to make it 18.
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback will meet with State lawmakers inside the Pennsylvania legislature and lobby the Democratic caucus. School children from Harrisburg will accompany Vick. The goal is to pass an important animal welfare bill and teach children the political process along the way. State Representative Jake Wheatley, Jr. and State Representative Ed Gainey from the Pittsburgh area are hosting the legislative visit.
Vick is pushing lawmakers to pass PA House Bill 1516, nicknamed the “Pets in Cars” bill. It would give police officers more authority to save a dog or cat in distress if necessary. An officer who removes a cat or dog from a hot car would not be held liable for damages.
On an 80 degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 99 degrees in just ten minutes, and 114 degrees within thirty minutes. Animals do not sweat like humans, so they have difficulty cooling themselves down in hot conditions.
Vick is determined to continue his advocacy even after his NFL career. He wants his fans to become animal welfare advocates too. Vick is encouraging his fans to sign this petition for the Pets in Cars bill on his Facebook page.
He will deliver the results of the petition to lawmakers in hopes of getting the bill to become a law.
I support Pennsylvania House Bill 1516.
It is important to give police officers and first responders more authority to save a dog or cat in distress if necessary.
An officer who removes a cat or dog from a hot car should not be held liable for damages to a vehicle.
The Allow officers to rescue pets in hot cars petition to Pennsylvania State Legislature was written by Michael Vick and is in the category Animal Welfare at GoPetition.