This bill — the Keep Our Pets Safe Act of 2018 — would make it illegal to knowingly confine a common household pet in a car or other enclosed space if such confinement could kill the pet through excessive heat or cold, lack of ventilation, or lack of water. Common household pet would include dogs, cats, birds, rodents, rabbits, fish, or turtles that are kept for pleasure rather than commercial purposes. Each violation would be punishable by fines, imprisonment for up to one year, or both.
What is House Bill H.R. 4941?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4941
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) introduced this bill to make a federal offense to leave a pet in a confined space where it could because of excessive exposure to heat or cold, lack of ventilation, or lack of water:
“As an animal lover, it breaks my heart to see any animal suffer or die from what is easily preventable. Even with a window cracked, it only takes a few minutes for your vehicle to become too hot for your pet to handle. This bill holds those accountable who fail to properly care for their pet by making sure they are not being left alone in an environment that can kill them.”
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Keep Our Pets Safe Act of 2018
To amend the Animal Welfare Act to protect common household pets from harmful confinement.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on AgricultureLivestock and Foreign AgricultureIntroducedFebruary 6th, 2018
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