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Political Perseverance Saves Animal Lives By Joyce Becker Lee


djunct Professor Debra Nolen had no idea she was with the Humane Legislation Coalition consisting of the at the forefront of a dog safety issue that would Animal Defense League of Arizona, the Arizona Humane find its way into the Arizona State Legislature Society, Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Humane when she assigned a classroom service learning project Voters of Arizona, and the U.S. Humane Society. The for her 2015 Health Care Ethics Course at Chandlergroup lobbied for the bill, it passed the Senate, and then Gilbert Community College. moved to the House. The project included a public There, however, the Judiciary service announcement reminding Committee refused to hear it, saying people not to leave a dog in hot it duplicated a current law. Nolen felt vehicles; and a year later Nolen the standing law still left a rescuer founded Don’t Leave Me (www. open to a civil suit for damages to the, a non-profit vehicle. “The law in Arizona specifies organization that raises awareness of only first responders can save an the dangers of leaving animals in hot animal from a hot car,” she says. “This cars. She took steps to initiate a Good bill allows a civilian to rescue a child Samaritan bill in the Arizona Senate, or pet from a hot car and not face any approaching Senator John Kavanaugh charges—criminal or civil.” in 2016 to encourage him to sponsor Nolen and the group then Founder Debra Nolen and Ryan Grenrock, such a bill, which became SB 1001. approached Representative Heather Chairman of the Board, lobby at the Don’t Leave Me then joined forces Carter, who had already received Capitol on behalf of Don’t Leave Me. 14

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