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LINDSAY POLLARD-POST: Children, pets don't belong in bed of pickup

on May 31, 2013 10:40 AM

Two Pennsylvania residents were recently charged with endangering the welfare of a child after motorists allegedly saw them driving with a 10-year-old girl and a dog in a cage in the back of a pickup truck (Associated Press).

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently intervened in another case in Georgia, after a driver saw a terrified dog clinging to the top of a crate in the back of a speeding pickup truck. The truck’s teenage driver was sentenced to 150 hours of community service and relinquished the dog, along with five others, to animal control.

Transporting any living being in a pickup truck bed is dangerous and illegal in many areas.

Not only can truck beds become hot enough to scorch paws or skin during the summer, the occupants can be catapulted out during sudden stops or choke if they jump out while they’re tied up.

Children and animals should always ride safely inside the cab of the vehicle, and dogs and cats should be secured with animal seat belts or in crates.

Please notify police and/or humane authorities immediately if you see a child, dog or any other living being in the back of a moving truck.

Visit www.PETA.org for more tips on traveling safely with animals.

Lindsay Pollard-Post

The PETA Foundation

Norfolk, Va.

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