Change Utah's Laws to Allow Dogs Trapped in Hot Cars to be Rescued!
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The state of Utah still has no law protecting good Samaritans and law enforcement from rescuing helpless dogs left in hot cars. We are demanding that Utah lawmakers make changes in order to protect those trying to save these dying animals from being literally cooked alive inside hot cars.
Recently, I witnessed an event like this as I was going with some friends to get dinner. We saw a dog locked in a car that was parked in direct sunlight, with an outside temperature of 93° F, in the middle of the day, with no windows down. My friends and I went into the restaurant looking for the owner but no one admitted to being responsible for the animal.
After waiting 30 minutes, we were growing increasingly concerned for the dog's welfare. The dog was experiencing heat stroke- acting erratic, panting heavily, and laying on it's side suffering the intense temperatures inside the car. After 40 minutes, the owner came out and we kindly attempted to educate him about the dangers involved in leaving an animal in the car for that amount of time. The man became angry, telling us to mind our own business, got in the car without checking on the dog, and sped away. To top this off, the man responsible was someone who had alleged that the dog was not his when we looked for the owner earlier in the restaurant.
This kind of animal abuse is not just tolerated in Utah, but protected. It is a criminal offense to enter a car even when attempting to save a dying animal. "On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to 100 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 109 degrees in less than 10 minutes." (https://www.peta.org/issues/animal-companion-issues/cruel-practices/dog-hot-car/
Please sign this petition to urge Utah lawmakers to change the law and protect those who cannot speak up for themselves! #keeputahdogscool
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