Great news! Our voices were heard! HB 1216 (Animals in Distress) unanimously passed both the PA Senate and House this week. Dubbed “the hot car bill,” dogs and cats will be protected from distress in motor vehicles by allowing public safety professionals to remove unattended pets without liability for damages. Governor Wolf is looking forward to signing this bill into law.
Many thanks to go around on this. Heartfelt thanks for your calls, emails, and visited offices to advocate for this legislation. Much appreciation to all Pennsylvania lawmakers for supporting the bill. Be sure to thank your own state senator and representative for voting yes on this bill. You can find your legislators here.
We have been working for a few years to pass this legislation. It was a long road worth the time and effort. Thanks for your persistence to help keep pets safe in PA!
Pennsylvania State Director – State Affairs
Humane Society of the United States