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H.R. 4941: Keep Our Pets Safe Act of 2018

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About the bill

Hundreds of pets die after being left in vehicles each year, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The Keep Our Pets Safe Act would make it a federal crime to knowingly leave an animal in a vehicle or “confined space” during an extreme temperature or without water. Violations can result in imprisonment of up to a year.

The bill was introduced in February by Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA10).

What supporters say

Supporters argue the bill punishes a cruel offense towards a helpless creature, which is not currently punished by ...

Sponsor and status

Tom Marino

Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 6, 2018
Length: 2 pages

Feb 6, 2018


Introduced on Feb 6, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on February 6, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


1% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 6, 2018

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H.R. 4941 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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