Do you ever get into your car over the summer and immediately want to get out? The wheel burns your hands, the air is disgustingly hot, and your breath is heavy. Being in a hot car is uncomfortable for everyone. Sadly, for many dogs, being in a hot car means brain damage, heatstroke, and often death. It only takes a few minutes for the car to heat up to deadly temperatures. Within ten minutes, temperatures rise around nineteen degrees, within twenty minutes, temperatures rise twenty-nine degrees. Dogs can have suffered brain damage “in as little as 10 minutes, when left in cars, even with the windows partially open” and have “died from heatstroke in such conditions, even in temperatures as low as 70 degrees

Luckily, many people know that leaving dogs in hot cars is extremely dangerous. There are so many different stories of people saving dogs from hot cars. Recently, a dog owner left her Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd in her car while attending a lecture on how to become a professional dog trainer. She left her car running, with the air conditioner on high, but sometime during the 90-minute lecture, her car ran out of gas and the air turned off. It was 90 degrees outside, which means that temperatures inside the car passed 100. By the time she returned to her vehicle, both dogs were dead. Unfortunately, even if someone had noticed that her dogs were distressed, it is illegal in Missouri for bystanders to do anything other than call law enforcement.

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It’s never okay to leave a dog alone in a hot car, even when the windows are open and/or the air conditioning is on. However, in the case that it does happen, people should be able to save these animals before it’s too late. People shouldn’t be charged with trespassing or any other crime for saving a life. Many states already have laws against leaving animals in hot cars and grant people immunity from being sued in the event that they rescue an animal from a car. Sign this petition to demand that Missouri pass its own “Right to Rescue” law so that civilians can rescue dogs from hot cars!

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