We all know the horror stories: a dog, trapped inside a car with its windows rolled up — and the temperature soaring. Or a dog, tethered to a post in a yard, as it drops below freezing. This neglect is unacceptable — and something must be done.
I recently posted a petition calling on Massachusetts legislators to pass state bill S. 2369. That bill tackles the dangerous and frequently deadly consequences of leaving companion animals in vulnerable situations, particularly during extreme weather conditions. S. 2369 allows people who see a life-threatening situation for an animal to intervene and prevent suffering or death.
More than 80,000 supporters signed that petition and Masachusetts passed the bill. Many of you suggested there should be similar NATIONAL legislation. That's what this petition requests.
We need to be a voice for animals and tell Congress that it is time to pass legislation that allows for a person to intervene if — and when — they see a life-threatening situation for an animal. And, like S. 2369, national legislation should also ensure that dogs are not tethered of left outside for extended periods of time, particularly during extreme weather conditions.
I believe that only a NATIONAL law will fix this issue. Unfortunately, too few states have taken the steps needed to protect animals from suffering or dying in extreme circumstances.
Please take a moment to sign my petition and tell Congress to pass legislation to allow caring people to help animals in need.