Ovation: NC House Passes Bill Allowing For Rescue Of Dogs Left In Hot Cars.
I find myself writing a lot about animals. Compassion for our animal friends is something that was taught to me at a very young age and, as I grew to learn more about the world in which we live, the “circle of life” has always fascinated me. The world can be cruel to some animals but it should never be at the hands of man.
Unfortunately, man sometimes leaves his best friend in a hot car to die.
I applaud the North Carolina House of Representative who, last Thursday, passed a bill to allow emergency responders permission to break in and save dogs or other animals in hot cars. The legislation, if passed in the Senate, will allow rescue workers, animal control officers and firefighters to use “any reasonable means” to enter a vehicle if they suspect an animal is at risk.
The bill specifies that, after making a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other person responsible for the animal, officials may respond to conditions that are likely to cause suffering, injury, or death to the animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or under other endangering conditions.
Consider the following video for PETA in which Italian model Elisabetta Canalis demonstrates how a dog might feel when it’s trapped in a hot car. She appears frightened, confused and shows signs of heat exhaustion.
The new North Carolina law applies to any pets except livestock like horses, cattle, sheep or swine and, should it pass in the Senate, would make the state the fifteenth in the nation with laws specifically related to pets left in cars. Proponents of laws of this nature are quick to point out that they are not intended to turn ordinary citizens into vigilante animal rescuers. So, if you see an animal panting in a hot car, you should call 911 rather than take action yourself.
Cracking a window isn’t enough. Experts suggest that if you can’t take your dog into your destination, it’s best to leave them at home. Even on a sunny day in December, the temperature inside a parked car can rise to dangerous levels.
My dog loves to go for a ride but I never take her anywhere that won’t let her inside. Not surprisingly, most of our excursions end at PetSmart.
Do you ever leave your pet in your car?
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