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Pet Safety: Dogs Don’t Belong In Trucks

(DOGS/PET SAFETY) While letting your dog hop in the back of a truck may be convenient for short trips, pet guardians should think twice about engaging in this unsafe habit.

Whether it be a crash, chasing another animal, or being startled, at any moment your beloved companion may jump or be thrown out of the truck and get put in danger.

Read on to learn more about why the ASPCA advises against this practice. — Global Animal

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Dogs are not safe in pick-up truck beds. Photo Credit: Examiner.com

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A few years ago, Julien Roohani of Portland, Oregon, was at work when her roommates spontaneously decided to go on a hike. Not wanting to exclude Julien’s six-month-old Shepherd/Border Collie mix, Niña, they threw her into the back of their pickup truck and set off for an adventure.

Niña had never been in a truck bed before. Whether she was scared or just spotted something of interest, she managed to jump out during the drive. Panicking, the roommates called Julien, who rushed Niña to an emergency veterinary clinic where she was diagnosed with a broken spine and other severe injuries. Julien had no choice but to allow her young pup to be humanely euthanized.

Unfortunately, stories like Niña’s are all too common. It is never safe to drive with an unrestrained pet—especially with that pet in an open truck bed.

“When you drive with a loose dog in the back of your truck, you’re taking a huge risk and placing your dog and other motorists in danger,” says Chuck Mai, a vice president with AAA Oklahoma. “Even if a dog is trained, we’re talking about an animal who responds to stimuli on impulse. This irresponsible decision can start a deadly chain reaction on the road.”

Is It Legal?

Dogs are not safe in pick-up truck beds.

Transporting unrestrained dogs in low-sided truck beds has been banned in a handful of states, including California and New Hampshire, and municipalities including Indianapolis, Cheyenne and Miami-Dade. However, in the vast majority of jurisdictions, it’s not even illegal to transport children in this manner, so we must rely on common sense and education to protect children and pets alike.

How You Can Help

One can feel terribly helpless witnessing a loose dog in a pickup truck. The best course of action is to try to get the vehicle’s license number (if you can do so while remaining safe) and call the local police. Rather than dialing 911, Jill Buckley, ASPCA Senior Director of Government Relations, suggests storing your police precinct’s phone number in your cell phone.

More ASPCA: http://www.aspca.org/Blog/cruelty-alert-dogs-in-pickup-trucks

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One Response to Pet Safety: Dogs Don’t Belong In Trucks

  1. Glen Barker October 19, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    Sometimes we can see a dog with his front feet standing on the window frame, half their bodies out the window, and a wonderful smile on their faces. The dogs look joyous, but this is incredibly dangerous! That is why it would be nice if dog owners considered the danger and potential consequences of their choices. So let us help and report if you encounter this incidents on the hi-way. It is a good thing that we can help dogs from any accidents! MagnumMFGInc.com