“It has been estimated that at least 100,000 dogs die each year when (accidentally) tossed from pickup trucks, For your dog’s safety, don’t let it ride in the back of an open pickup truck. Even if it isn’t killed, it could be lost and you might not even know where it fell out.” Dogs In Pickups-A Bad Idea The Humane Society of Utah’s website. http://www.utahhumane.org/shelter/education-center/dogs/dogs-pickups-bad-idea
Falling, being thrown or jumping from the back of a pickup truck, dogs die. The number of dog deaths does not include dogs injured, blinded or lost. Dog lovers and those who care about animal welfare want this to stop. State laws exist and more states are writing laws protecting the safety of dogs riding in truck beds. Laws on Dogs Secured Within the Vehicle eHow website http://www.ehow.com/list_6807043_laws-dogs-secured-within-vehicle.html
A jarring stop, a fender bender or a terrifying impact crashes loose dogs into pavement. These accidents cause serious injuries to dogs. Several websites address the danger to dogs made to ride unsecured in truck beds. I have included three links to sources giving a peek into this national problem.
No driver wants to hit a dog. A quick defensive maneuver to avoid a fallen dog often thrusts a fallen dog into the path of other drivers, pedestrians or cyclists. Traffic flow has often forced a driver to run over a dog thrown from a truck. This shocking experience is preventable. And the owner of the untied out dog may be legally liable for any and all damages to people and to property from an accident caused by a helpless dog flying off a pickup truck.
Never drive, while leaving your dog loose in the open bed of a pickup truck. Even if your dog isn’t killed or injured, it could be lost and you might not know where it fell or jumped out. A dog untethered in an open pickup bed could be your worst nightmare.
“Many state and local governments now regulate how dogs must be carried in truck beds. For example, California law requires that dogs in the open bed of a pickup must be in a fastened cage or cross-tied to the truck unless the sides of the truck are at least 46 inches high. Violators can be fined 50 to 100 dollars for a first offense and up to 250 dollars for a third offense. Nevada and Washington have laws in place that deal with transporting animals in a safe and pain free manner. The laws mandate that animals must be secured and carried in a humane way in which they are protected from any kind of pain or torture.” DogLawHugPug.com http://doglaw.hugpug.com/doglaw_016.html
Tie-out systems fix pets securely in a vehicle yet allow some movement. Hard-sided safety crates fastened to the bed provide another option. These items are available at your local pet shop or farm supply.
So please, properly secure your pet to prevent loss of life, personal injury or damage to other cars and trucks.