In Georgia, YOU can be held criminally liable for saving an animal locked in a hot car!
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Recently, in the state of Georgia, there have been frequent occurrences of children and animals being left in hot vehicles with temperature reaching well over 165 degrees! We all are aware of the consequences of such neglect and abuse. It is death if no one takes immediate action.
Current Georgia laws, under the "Good Samaritan Act" are protected if a civilian breaks a window to rescue a child in distress, as it should be! The focus of this petition is to educate those in Legislation the same should hold true for animals in distress as well. A local news station, 11 Alive, conducted a survey to see just how many people would have broken the window to save two dogs over the Fourth of July weekend who were inside a hot vehicle while their owner went to the movies. They were discovered over an hour later with inside, front seat temperatures over 161 degrees! Link to the news story here:
The result of their survey indicated 73% of people who responded would have broken the window to save the dogs.
Currently, the "Good Samaritan Law" only applies to people. In other words, you can be charged and possible go to jail for criminal trespass, vandalism or burglary AND be held civilly liable should you break a vehicle window to rescue an animal in immediate distress. This needs to change and be covered under the "Good Samaritan Law."
We are asking every resident in the state who receives this petition and agrees, please sign and write a letter or e-mail to your local Legislator. Full list below. Click on your District Senator and locate his e-mail address on the bottom right, under their photo.
We need to flood them with letters and e-mails requesting a simple amendment to the "Good Samaritan Law" which protects the majority of us who will break a window to save, not only a child but an animal as well. Once we reach over 10,000 signatures or more, this petition will be sent to all 56 Legislators.
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