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Why isn't it illegal to have an unsecured dog in the bed of moving pickup trucks?

So I'm driving home from the ophthalmologist an hour ago. I'm on the Interstate, and have to swerve to avoid hitting the fresh corpse of a GORGEOUS large, lithe dog. He had that incredible rusty gold color coat so stunning on short-haired dogs. His red collar and leash were still attached. No way he wandered onto the Interstate; this was far from an on/off ramp.

And please, save the "But Toby's miserable when riding inside! He lives to ride in the truck bed!" comments. YOU'RE the putatively higher evolved one. That creature's safety is your responsibility. Would you let a toddler or elderly person with dementia to ride unsecured in that truck bed? Doubt it.

It ruined what had been a very good day. That poor little lamb.

by Sentient creature loverreply 2102/25/2013

If you want to know then why don't you ask a lawyer? Google it? It's not hard.

by Sentient creature loverreply 102/23/2013

Ask Seamus about the wind and the speed.

by Sentient creature loverreply 202/23/2013

Years ago I saw a black lab in te back of a pick up. As the driver made a sharp turn, the dog fell out of the truck bed and was run over and killed by another driver. This was a street in a southern town outside of Charlotte. Police had to pull witnesses off the pick up driver. I think he would have been torn apart. THAT I would have love to seen. TOTAL ASSHOLE.

by Sentient creature loverreply 302/23/2013

Any idiot knows that you tie your dog to the roof of the vehicle. Safety first!

by Sentient creature loverreply 402/23/2013

It is illegal to have an unsecured dog in a truck bed in some states, OP.

Sorry it ruined your day, but it's pretty obvious something was bound to do that. For all you know, the dog got out of a car that stopped, or something else happened.

Don't know why a dead dog would make OP jump to a conclusion.

by Sentient creature loverreply 502/23/2013

R3. I remember that case. Lots of pressure for a law after that.

by Sentient creature loverreply 602/23/2013

It is illegal in NJ. In fact it is illegal to have an unrestrained in any moving vehicle. And, the penalty for having a dog that is not properly restrained is higher than not having your child in a car seat.

by Sentient creature loverreply 702/23/2013

sorry, " In fact it is illegal to have an unrestrained dog in any moving vehicle"

by Sentient creature loverreply 802/23/2013

Dogs should stay at home

by Sentient creature loverreply 902/23/2013

OP, considering that the dog had a leash attached, he probably escaped from inside a car or RV, not from riding in a truckbed.

I always hated that my asshole brother used to let his dog ride untethered in the truckbed. But that changed when one day, my bro got to his destination and realised the dog wasn't in the back of the truck.

The dog was fine, thank God. He'd probably jumped out of the truck after another dog, and someone quickly picked him up and took him to the pound.

After that close call, my brother decided to begin tethering the dog in the truckbed. I'm very thankful the story had a happy ending.

by Sentient creature loverreply 1002/23/2013

People suck at being humans beings.

by Sentient creature loverreply 1102/23/2013

[quote] Why isn't it illegal to have an unsecured dog in the bed of moving pickup trucks.

The dog lobby is very powerful in Washington. They lobbied so they wouldn't have to wear seat belts and could have abortions and vote, long before any humans got those rights.

by Sentient creature loverreply 1202/23/2013

A tethered dog would hang himself when he jumped out.

by Sentient creature loverreply 1302/25/2013

Depends on the state. In NY or NJ it would probably be against the law. In someplace like Florida they wouldn't care.

by Sentient creature loverreply 1402/25/2013

It should be illegal for a dog to sit on the drivers lap while driving. Besides being a potential distraction, if the driver's airbag went off, the dog would be killed from the force of it instantly.

by Sentient creature loverreply 1502/25/2013

Saw a guy make a really sharp right turn in his little roadster with his dog inside the car. The window was rolled down all the way, with the dog hanging out, front paws deep. As the guy made the turn, the dog was flung out the window, but the guy grabbed his leg and yanked him back in, as if he was used to doing this all the time.

Animals should be tethered inside the car too.

by Sentient creature loverreply 1602/25/2013

I was driving behind some idiot today who had her dog on the rear deck of the back seat (the part between the back window and the seat, where it covers the trunk.) I was praying she wouldn't have to stop short, or that poor thing would have gone flying into the front seat and through the windshield.

by Sentient creature loverreply 1702/25/2013

I agree it's the responsibility of the owner to protect that dog. A dog is not a child.

by Sentient creature loverreply 1802/25/2013

These are probably the same idiots who used to rail against seatbelt and, later, helmet laws because they believed they were a violation of their personal freedoms.

But if the dog had a leash on, I think there are other plausible explanations. Still, it's upsetting to see an animal like that. I found a hummingbird flapping in the middle of the street on a walk one afternoon. I scooped it up and put it beneath a bush. Ruined my day. I probably had other things on my mind, but that sent me over.

by Sentient creature loverreply 1902/25/2013

Agreed, R16. I'm glad you brought up that point.

I'm a cat person, but adore my canine niece and nephew. When they visit me, I we love driving them around. But I always strap them into their doggy seatbelts. The boy always wears his dapper little harnesses anyway, and seatbelt adapters for harnesses are so inexpensive, all dog owners should own one for each pooch.

by Sentient creature loverreply 2002/25/2013

And just so you know, snarky R5, I was not the only one affected so deeply. My sister dropped by an hour after I got home, and told me about the "gorgeous" dead dog she'd just passed on the freeway. She was so upset she didn't want to read this thread. And she's an ER nurse and consultant, used to working elbow-deep in gore.

She said the couple in the car next to hers were shaking their heads in sympathy at the poor dog.

by Sentient creature loverreply 2102/25/2013
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