SENATOR HUKILL FILES THE PROTECTING ANIMAL WELFARE AND SAFETY ACT

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August 31, ambulance 2015
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SENATOR HUKILL FILES THE PROTECTING ANIMAL WELFARE AND SAFETY ACT
PORT ORANGE – Senator Dorothy L. Hukill (R-Port Orange), see has filed Senate Bill 200 the
Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety Act, buy cialis “P.A.W.S. Act” to provide consequences for
individuals who leave their animals in motor vehicles without regard for the animals’ well-being
or safety. The bill would allow for authorized individuals to be able to gain access and remove
the animal from the motor vehicle if the animal’s health is endangered and the animals’ owner
cannot be located. The authorized individual would not be held criminally or civilly liable for the
actions they took to rescue the endangered animal.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association website, “The temperature inside
your vehicle can rise almost 20° F in just 10 minutes.” It also states that, “Your vehicle can
quickly reach a temperature that puts your pet at risk of serious illness and even death, even on a
day that doesn’t seem hot to you. And cracking the windows makes no difference.”1

There are accounts of people leaving their pets in hot cars in the news almost every day. Just last
week two women in the Daytona area left their dogs in the car while they went shopping at a
mall. The dogs were so thirsty they were licking the condensation off a soda can in the car and
when let out of the vehicle by police they found the closest puddle of water and began drinking
it. The women had left the dogs in the vehicle for at least an hour in 95°F weather. Animals left
in vehicles on hot days or without proper ventilation can easily suffer heatstroke and even death.

“Pets are extremely vulnerable to heat related injury or death if left in a vehicle, especially on a
hot day,” said Senator Hukill, “Individuals who risk their pets’ lives by leaving them in hot cars
need to be held accountable.”

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