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Last Chance: Petition for Stronger Laws Against Leaving Dogs in Cars


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This summer, there has been a lot of attention given to the problem of leaving children in hot cars and how to prevent this, especially after a couple of very high profile tragedies. What many people do not realize, though, is that this is a massive problem for dogs, with countless dying each year after being locked in hot cars.

Only 15 states even have legislation against leaving an animal unattended in a confined vehicle and many pet owners are simply ignorant of the risks involved or how quickly a dog can die.

After Petplan Insurance’s Chief Veterinary Medical Officer, Dr. Jules Benson, witnessed a dog succumbing to heat stroke after being locked in a hot car, they realized something had to be done.

Motivated by the tragedy, Petplan Insurance began a petition for stronger legislation against leaving pets unattended in cars during dangerously hot or cold temperatures. If they receive at least 100,000 by this coming Tuesday, September 2nd, the petition will go straight to the White House.

Please sign the petition here:

For more information and for Dr. Jules Benson’s heartbreaking story, please visit:


Petplan Insurance is a pet insurance company dedicated to providing pet parents with the support, resources and tools they need to keep their pets, not just surviving, but thriving long into old age.