Recently, Alberta Animal Services took to the social media to warn dog owners of the consequences of letting their pet ride in the back of an open pickup truck. This practice is equally dangerous as leaving the dog inside a vehicle during hot summer days. If you find this comparison unreal just wait until you see the statistics of dogs who lost their life while in the back of a pickup truck in motion. Believe it or not, around 100,000 dogs die as a result of their owners’ decision to keep them in the box of their truck unsecured.
The number of injured dogs isn’t included in this statistics.
Owners should be more cautious when it comes to transporting their furry palls, otherwise their risk their health and life.
This is what Alberta Animal Services wrote on their Facebook page:
“DID YOU KNOW?”
“More Than 100,000 Dogs Die Each Year Riding in the Box of a Truck.”
“Transferring a dog in a truck box improperly is placing them in a very unsafe position.”
“You may see it as you’re driving around. Dogs riding in the back of trucks. You might even know someone who does it. Veterinarians see numerous cases of dogs being injured because they jumped 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, and often result in amputation.”
There are many other dangers that can happen:
“Eye, Ear & Nose Damage: Being in the open air traveling at high speeds whether their head is out the window or they’re in the back of the truck, can cause damage. The swirling of the air in the bed of a truck can cause dirt, debris and insects to become lodged in the dog’s eyes, ears, and nose.”
“Being Ejected from the Truck: Imagine slamming on your brakes while your dog is in the truck bed. It’s likely that they could fly right out into the road, possibly getting hit by another vehicle. You also run the risk of getting into an accident. If you think that securing them with a rope or chain is any better, you’re wrong. There have been cases where dogs were thrown out of the back of the truck while still attached and being dragged on the road or hanging while the owner is still driving.”
“Jumping Ship: Your dog may have plans of their own. Who’s to say they’re not going to willingly jump out in order to better investigate a situation? How long would it take you to realize they’re gone? Just because your dog would never do that doesn’t mean that it could never happen. You never know what might trigger them at any given time.”
“Regardless of your current laws, it is always wise to practice safe and proper care when transporting your pet. A responsible pet owner makes sure their animals stay safe and healthy at home and on the road.”
This means of transport of dogs is forbidden by law in some states of America and certain provinces of Canada, as for the rest, they are making efforts for such law to be passed. So if you see a dog riding in the back of a truck alert the authorities as it may save the dog’s life.
Please share this warning with animal rights advocates and dog owners.