Save Pets' Lives! Pass the Mouth-to-Snout Resuscitation Law in California

  • by: Laura G
  • recipient: California State Senators

Imagine a firefighter rescuing your dog or cat from your burning home, but not being legally able to perform mouth-to-snout resuscitation or any other life-saving treatment on your injured pet.

In California, only licensed veterinarians are allowed to perform emergency first aid on dogs and cats. If firefighters or paramedics do so, they face up to a $2,000 fine and the possibility of a year in jail. They can also potentially be sued for taking life-saving actions.

Emergency responders should not be punished for their efforts to save the lives of pets. That's why California Sen. Steve Glazer has introduced the "Mouth-to-Snout Resuscitation Law" (State Bill 1305) that would allow emergency medical services to legally perform first-aid treatment on dogs and cats. Along with resuscitation, responders would be able to use pet oxygen masks, stop hemorrhaging, immobilize fractures and more.

Only 22 other states have similar laws. As a Californian, I want emergency responders to do what they can to save pets without having to worry about a hefty fine or jail time for taking these heroic actions.

Please sign and share this petition urging California lawmakers to pass the "Mouth-to-Snout Resuscitation Law."

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