|Barked: Tue Dec 20, '11 3:42pm PST |
|I have to say, I am incredibly surprised at many of the responses here. I have read the statistics that most people don't restrain their dogs in the car and I assumed it was because they were not informed. I never would have thought so many people would not restrain them because they think it's safer.
I would never ride in a car without wearing a seat belt, nor would I allow anyone in my car not to wear one. That includes my dog. Even in a small accident he would go flying. Even if he didn't go out the windshield, he could sustain a head injury from being thrown into something.
In most accidents the car does not catch on fire. I think it's quite a small risk that a dog will become trapped in a burning car, but it's highly likely that an unrestrained dog will be killed, injured, injure another passenger or escape the car and run off into traffic.
In my town, a woman was in a car accident on the freeway that broke the windows of her car. She had a broken leg. Her two dogs escaped out the broken windows and ran off down the freeway amid traffic (it was a miracle they were not hit by a car right then an there). They disappeared. The owner appealed to the local newspapers and many people helped search for the dogs. They found one dog, but the other was discovered dead a few weeks later by the train tracks, hit by a train.
Many years ago, my coworker was driving with his wife and their large dog and a dog ran in front of their car. My coworker swerved as a reflex and the car rolled. The dog went through the windshield.
You would not allow a child to ride unrestrained, I do not understand what people think is so different about a dog.
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