Prohibit the Transportation of Dogs in Truck Beds

Target: Louisiana State Legislators

Goal: Ban the transportation of uncrated dogs in pickup truck beds on highways.

The Louisiana State Legislature has introduced a bill that would prohibit pet owners from transporting their uncrated dogs in the back of pickup trucks while driving along the interstate. Dogs that are not properly secured in vehicles pose a public safety issue as well as an animal welfare issue. The proposed bill is awaiting consideration by the Louisiana House of Representatives. Encourage state legislators to pass this bill to ensure the future safety of citizens and pets.

Uncrated dogs are not safe in the bed of a pickup truck as they can easily fall, jump, or be thrown out while the vehicle is in motion. When this happens, the animals commonly suffer from multiple fractures, abdominal and thoracic trauma, and severe bruising. Dogs who manage to survive the fall pose a serious hazard to other drivers and are often run over and killed. There have been many unfortunate incidences of family pets becoming injured or killed due to this type of neglect. Louisiana House Representative Frank Howard praised the bill and revealed, “I had two or three pretty valuable hounds that jumped out of the truck, and one of them hung himself on the side of the truck”. These tragic accidents can be avoided if pet owners properly secure their dogs during transportation.

The proposed legislation would prohibit drivers from putting their dogs in the bed of trucks if they are driving along interstate highways unless the dogs are in a secured crate. Drivers violating the law would be fined $150 and an additional $50 per dog if there were multiple animals. Sign the petition below to urge Louisiana state legislators to approve this bill in efforts to save dog and human lives.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Legislators,

I recently heard about the proposed bill aimed to prohibit pet owners from transporting their uncrated dogs in the back of pickup trucks. I would like to encourage you to vote in favor of this bill. Dogs that are not properly secured in vehicles pose a public safety issue as well as an animal welfare issue. As you may know, dogs are intelligent, independent-thinking animals that respond to external stimulation. They may jump out of a moving vehicle if threatened or scared. They can also easily fall out or be thrown out of a truck bed. When this happens, the animals suffer from multiple fractures, abdominal and thoracic trauma, and severe bruising. The dogs that manage to survive may pose a serious hazard to oncoming traffic, and are often run over and killed.

These tragic incidents can be avoided if pet owners properly secure their dogs during transportation. The proposed legislation would ban drivers from putting their dogs in the bed of trucks if they are driving along interstate highways unless the dogs are in a secured crate. Drivers violating the law would be fined. For the sake of animal safety and human safety, please consider approving the proposed legislation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. In my own opinion, When you drive with a loose dog in the back of your truck, you are actually taking a huge risk and placing your dog and other motorists in danger. Even if a dog is trained, still consider an animal who responds to stimuli on impulse. And for me, this irresponsible decision can start a deadly chain reaction on the road. I hope that proposal will apprehended! MagnumMFGInc.com

  2. James Pago says:

    I’ve owned dogs for years and they always ride in the back of the truck unrestricted. My dog rides in the back of the truck unrestrained all the time, and I’ve had no issues. The dogs love it. It’s the highlight of their day. Is this really an issue worth creating a law over? Don’t we have enough laws in place? We’re to the point now that anything that isn’t popular is at risk of being made illegal under the guise of saving lives. How many accidents has this caused? I haven’t heard of any in the Lake Charles area.

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