” The one with the waggly tail.”
Whilst travelling here in Florida, I was rather shocked to see a beautiful Golden Labrador Retriever being transported on the back of a truck.
The dog was roaming around from side to side of the vehicle, and although it seemed to be quite enjoying the ride, I asked myself how safe is it to transport an animal in this unrestrained manner and is it actually legal? There are stringent safety belt laws for us humans, and surely an animal on the back of a truck is a hazard to both itself and other road users. If the dog had spotted something of interest on the sidewalk, such as a lady dog, might he not jump out of the truck to go and investigate? I was just reading a sad story of poor Niña, a Shepherd/Border Collie in Portland Oregon, who had to be put down after she was badly injured in such an incident. I’ve lived in South Africa where it’s quite common to see school children as well as workers being transported in this manner, and there are numerous reports of accidents where they are thrown out of the truck and killed or injured, and yet no law is implemented to stop this practice. I don’t know if there’s a law against it here in the US. What’s your opinion, and do you know what the law says about this?