Success: Transport of Unsecured Dogs in Truck Beds Prohibited

Dog in Truck Bed

Target: Louisiana Rep. Thomas Willmott

Goal: Thank government representatives for passing legislation to prohibit the transport of unsecured dogs in truck beds

A new measure that would make it illegal to transport an unsecured dog in the back of a truck has been passed by the Louisiana Senate. Owners who allow their dogs to ride unsecured in the back of their trucks are placing their trusting pets, as well as other drivers, in immediate danger. Thank the Louisiana legislature for protecting the safety of dogs and drivers alike by making this irresponsible action illegal.

On May 22, 2014, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) announced that House Bill 1091 (H.B. 1091) was passed by the Louisiana Senate and is now in its final stages of becoming law. The bill has been rejected by the Louisiana legislature in the past, making this an even greater victory. It is extremely dangerous to transport unsecured dogs in the back of pickup trucks, and owners who do so are putting their dogs at risk of falling, jumping, or being thrown from the bed of the truck while it is in motion. If they survive at all, dogs who jump or fall from a truck bed suffer terrible injuries like broken bones, internal bleeding and other preventable injuries. These dogs are often hit and killed by drivers who do not have time to react, and create dangers for these and other drivers. But thanks to strong opposition such as this ForceChange petition demanding this irresponsible action be prohibited, putting Louisiana’s dogs at risk on the road will no longer be tolerated.

Thank Rep. Thomas Willmott, the sponsor of H.B. 1091, for ensuring the safety of dogs and drivers alike by supporting this common-sense legislation.


Dear Mr. Willmott,

Thank you for protecting the safety of dogs and drivers by sponsoring House Bill 1091. It is thanks to your compassionate leadership that the bill was successfully passed by the Louisiana Senate. As you know, transporting unsecured dogs in the back of pickup trucks poses a great danger to both the dogs and other drivers on the road. Prohibiting this irresponsible action ensures that dogs will be safely secured during transportation and eliminates the risk of falls or jumps that could result in terrible injuries or death to both the animals and the drivers around them.

I commend you for your decision to sponsor the bill, and thank you and the rest of the Louisiana legislature for voting in favor of H.B. 1091.


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