Proposed Bill Could Allow You To Break Car Windows To Save Pets

A few months ago, a bill known as HB 131, was proposed in Florida. The bill would allow a good samaritan to break a vehicle’s car window to rescue a pet, child, elderly, or adult that is in distress. House Republican Leader, Dana Young, of Tampa is pushing the bill and hopes to have it on the docket in January.

Florida, unfortunately, has had 15 children die in a hot car in the last 5 years. While most states advocate to educate the public about the danger of hot cars, HB 131 is striving to take it a step further to avoid any more fatalities. The bill is being nicknamed the “Good Samaritan Act” and if passed, would serve to save lives. The good samaritan who would break the window would be immune from being sued under this act as long as s/he called 911 prior to taking action and breaking the vehicle’s window.

Dana Young was quoted as saying that calling 911 is the best course of action, stressing that the bill is meant to empower people if the police are unable to get to the vehicle quickly. It’s currently illegal in Florida and 18 other states to leave a child alone in a car. If this bill passed, it may mean people would think twice before leaving any living person or animal in a car, even for just a minute.

What do you think?

NYC Council Bans Puppy Mill and Rabbits Sold in Pet Stores

NYC is cracking down on how pets are sold to people. A new law that passed in December requires pet shops to get dogs and cats directly from licensed breeders and outlaws those who have violated the Animal Welfare act. It also bars middle men who sell puppies from puppy mills. In addition, this law bans rabbits from being sold in pet stores. Those who want to own a rabbit will have to go to a shelter or find a breeder.

“You have bad breeders that are breeding cats and dogs in an inhumane, unhealthy, abusive way, and consumers don’t know about it,” said Councilman Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan), chair of the health committee. “It is disgusting, it is inhumane, it is immoral how people are treating animals only for the reason of profit and money.”

To read more about the new law check out the article in the NY Daily News.

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New San Diego Law Bans Selling Pets In Pet Stores

According to an article published by Scoop San Diego, the ordinance to ban the sale of pets in pet stores has finally passed. This makes San Diego the 33rd city in the nation and 13th city in California to have this law. You might be asking why this is important or what exactly this means.

Pets in pet stores that are “for sale” will no longer be allowed in San Diego. This means that there is another city that will not be selling puppies and kittens that may come from puppy mills and puppy farms. If there are any animals available in the pet stores in San Diego they will be animals that are adoptable from local rescue groups and shelters. It is another loud and clear message that animals are a good to be bought and sold like an electronic.

This ordinance does not punish nor should it hurt the responsible breeders who sell their pets to people. Breeders do sell their pets to pet stores. A responsible breeder interviews the household interested in adopting one of their puppies or kittens and has contracts for the new owners to sign as well as certain periods of time when they do not have any pets available.

“The passing of this ordinance is a very important step forward for animals that are sourced from puppy mills and other large-scale, irresponsible, commercial breeding sources,” said Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.

Puppy mills often have pets in crammed spaces, dirty and unkempt cages, and do not exercise or feed high quality diets to the pets. They are often left alone without much human interaction and then are transported to various pet stores in trucks where they may be stacked on top of each other in cages. This means that urine and feces may fall from cage to cage and the pets are often dirty, scared, and have gone without food and water for a period of time. Sometimes in extreme cases, some of the pets die in transport to the stores.

Once at the stores, the pets often are clean, fed, and look to be having fun. They probably are and many times the people working the stores do love them pets. It’s not the the workers you see who may be the ones making the contractual agreements to sell puppies, it their company’s decision, whomever that may be. The pets in the stores, however, may not have seen a vet yet and may need to be de-wormed, vaccinated, and also be inbred. It’s not uncommon to buy a purebred dog and once it’s grown up, the physical markings or size are not within the AKC’s standards or the dog may have some physical problems that are common with the breed or over-breeding.

Check out this earlier Petswelcome article to learn more about puppy mills, and don’t forget to take the pledge on that page!

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