February 2, 2017
To Representatives Tony Cook (R-Cicero) and Linda Lawson (D-Hammond) for introducing House Bill 1085 that would protect good Samaritans from punishment for helping to rescue animals left in hot cars.
UPDATE: Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law on April 26, 2017.
Avoidable companion animal deaths happen every year when people leave their animal companions in hot vehicles. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, even though the outside temperature may be as low as 70 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit inside in as little as ten minutes. Cracking the windows is not a sufficient method to cool the vehicle. When animals are left in these conditions, heatstroke or death can occur.
According to a recent news article, Indiana Representatives Tony Cook and Linda Lawson coordinated their efforts to compose House Bill 1085 . This bill would provide legal protections for the good citizens who come to the aid of an animal left unattended in a vehicle during warm weather conditions. This bill would also require the good Samaritans to call 9-1-1 before breaking a window as a last resort.
Take Action: Indiana residents, contact your representatives to show your support for a bill that would protect animals and the citizens who help them.