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Doggy seat belts?

Santa Fe Considers Doggie Seat Belt Law

I'm a little torn on this, but given the fury over cell phone use in cars, I believe that consistency requires pets be restrained in vehicles. I don't know how many times I've seen folks "arguing" with pets for the driver seat and attention! Seeing dogs free in the bed of a pickup also always scares me. I wonder if there are any stats on how often dogs get injured or killed from such.

Evie Happy
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I don't know about his one.

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If there are existing laws on the books that protect pets from negligence then I think those laws should be applied and enforced. I'm against creating new laws if existing laws could be used. Our society has a habit of creating new laws for many things when there are often sufficient laws already written.

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I agree about the more laws thing ...

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... but as important as over-legislating being reigned in is some consistency in laws that exist. Pets should be restrained in the same manner as kids IMO.

Evie Happy

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Hi, Evie,

At the risk of being considered a pet pamperer, I have a dog seat/restraint system for my dog. Although he is a 30 pounder, he has short legs, so can't see much out of the window.

I ordered it on-line. It is a platform om which he can sit or lie down, and he wears a halter that came with it that is well padded. There is a belt system to which the halter fastens. Of course, the platform attached to a people seat belt.

When I had the huskies, I had an attachment that went from the seat belt to their halters. Anybody that would try to drive with two loose huskies has a warped sense of adventure/

In the case of sudden stops. my dogs could become missles if not restrained. And I don't like seeing dogs with their heads stuck out of a window (as fun as it may be) , as there is a danger to their eyes from debris.

I do know of dogs that sit nicely, but they could still become missles.

My state considered a law against dogs riding in the bed of pick-up trucks without being restrained. However, this went no where.

May as well confess that my dog has 2 Land's End Squall jackets. They are, however, for me. He doesn't mind snow or rain, but when his fur gets wet it tangles badly, so it makes life easier for me to keep him as dry as possible.

I don't know about having a law, either. We have a law for people, but too many don't comply. We recently lost 6 teenagers in 2 separate cratches. The 7th was the only one tro survive - and he was wearing a seat belt.


Angeline
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You really do pamper them huh Ange? Happy

My biggest problem with seatbelt laws is that they tend to be more designed for revenue generation than actual safety concerns. If an adult knows the facts and choses not to buckle up, so be it.

Children & pets should be restrained IMO. Neither can determine for themself the danger level of not doing so, and both can become serious distractions if they "run loose" in a vehicle.

Evie Happy

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