Stop allowing people to allow their pets to ride freely in the back of trucks

Hundreds if not thousands of pets that we say we love are dying every year from not being properly secured while riding in the back of pickup trucks. How many will have to die a senseless death because we don't take two minutes to secure them with even a rope that would keep them from falling or jumping out, or better yet, a crate. If we love our companions, is it really that hard to look out for their safety that would only take two minutes? A law should be passed making it mandatory to do this, or fine the person; or better yet, not even allow them to own a dog. To protect the animals that we care about please urge Governor Perry to pass a law requiring that all dogs be secured in the back of pickup trucks.. Thank you

Poem written by my sister. Thanks :}

Dogs In Trucks

I saw this dog in the back of a truck
He was bouncing around, I thought WTF
If he flies out and lands on my windshield while I drive
I swear I will beat the driver till he's no longer alive

I saw this dog standing on the top of a black tool box
I thought surely that must be hot since he has no socks
His poor little pads must be raw from the heat
I can't imagine standing on that in my bare feet

I saw this dog chained in the bed of the truck
I knew if he fell out, he would be out of luck
He probably would be drug from behind
Seriously folks these people should be fined

I saw this dog wiping his eyes with his paws
Come on now, can't we make some humane laws
The dirt and the grit was getting in his eyes
Then when they stopped he was attacked by flies

I saw this dog in the blazing sun
He had no cover, that could not have been fun
When it rained he was pelted as he stood in the cold
There are countless sad stories, too many to be told

We call ourselves civilized, how can this be
What's wrong with this picture, can you not see
We owe it to them to keep them safe from harm
And yes, by God, I do mean to alarm

What does it take to get people to take action
I'm being drastic, I'm trying to get a reaction
If they cannot count on us to be in their corners
Then stand in line with the rest of us mourners

© Cindy Judkins

Mailing Address

Governor Rick Perry

Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428

Dear Governor Rick Perry

Petition Against Dogs Riding Unrestrained in Pickup Trucks

I think it’s time we make dogs riding in the back of pickup trucks against the law as cruelty to animals so please help me pass this as a law in Texas and help save animals and humans lives. If you want to take your dog for a ride put it in the cab. Thank You.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, 100,000 dogs are killed each year in accidents involving riding in truck beds. In addition, veterinarians see numerous cases of dogs being injured because they jumped out or were thrown from the bed of a pickup truck. If these dogs are lucky enough to still be alive, broken legs and joint injuries are among the most common types of damage that they sustain and often result in amputation. In many cases, dogs that do manage to survive the fall from the truck are hit and killed by other vehicles. Even if the dogs do not fall, the hot metal of the truck can burn dogs’ feet. Dogs riding in the hot sun without shade may suffer from heatstroke. We've all had to slam on our brakes while we're driving at some point; it's inevitable. Now imagine slamming on your brakes while your beloved dog is in the truck bed. When a dog jumps out it can potentially start a car accident, leading to deaths of innocent drivers. The swirling of the air currents in the bed of a pickup truck can cause dirt, debris and insects to become lodged in the dog's eyes, ears, and nose.

If you've ever seen a dog in the back of someones truck, bouncing from side to side, unrestrained and at risk of jumping or falling out into oncoming traffic, please sign. Too many dogs are dying from careless owners allowing their animals to be unrestrained. If you do not care enough about your dog to consider them family, then you should not own a dog, period.

At least nine states have laws requiring owners to kennel or tether dogs or other animals that ride in a vehicle's open areas, usually a truck bed. California, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Oregon, Washington, Florida, Rhode Island, and Hawaii have all passed laws restricting the transportation of dogs in the back of a pickup. Other states have bills pending. Fines range from $50 to $200.

If you must transport your pet in the back of a truck, there are some options available.

Even though The Humane Society of the US notes that they don't know of any brand of harness that is safe for the back of the truck, there are some safer options. It's best to have the dog in the cab with you, and if it's an extended cab, the dog should be restrained in the back and away from the windshield. For trucks; pet travel crates, pet safety belts, and pet car seats are the safest bets. The absolute safest method for transporting your pet in the back of a truck is in a secured crate in the center of your truck bed. At the very least, tether your dog with a secure and short leash to ensure safety from strangulation and death.

Therefore...We the undersigned ask that you use your leadership powers to propose a bill identical or similar to the following:

Transporting Dogs in Pickup Trucks I. No person driving a pickup truck shall transport any dog in the back of the vehicle on a public way, unless the space is enclosed or has side and tail racks to a height of at least 46 inches extending vertically from the floor, the dog is cross tethered to the vehicle, the dog is protected by a secured container or cage, or the dog is otherwise protected, in a manner which will prevent the dog from being thrown or from falling or jumping from the vehicle.

II. Notwithstanding paragraph I, this section shall not apply to the following:

(a) A dog being used by a farmer or farm employee while actually engaged in farming activities requiring the services of a dog; or

(b) A hunting dog being used at a hunting site or between hunting sites by a licensed hunter who is in possession of all applicable licenses and permits for the species being pursued during the legal season for such activity.

III. Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of a violation.

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