Does Your Dog Have A License?

In the following story you'll see the importance of making sure your dog is always licensed. OGDEN, Utah -- A police dog that was left...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Jul 25th 2008


In the following story you’ll see the importance of making sure your dog is always licensed.

OGDEN, Utah — A police dog that was left in a pickup with the engine running apparently knocked the vehicle into gear and ran down a woman who was walking to her mailbox.

Driving without a license, never a good idea. I do hope the woman will make a full recovery.

The dog, a German shepherd named Ranger, had been left in the truck while its handler responded to a domestic disturbance call Tuesday, police Lt. Loring Draper said. The truck’s engine was on so Ranger would have air conditioning.

Good for Lt. Draper, he must have read the article Dog Days of Summer: Saftey Tips , and the importance of not leaving your dog in a hot car. Apparently he didn’t read the part about German Shepherd’s instinct for driving, particularly when they have “Autobahn on the mind”.

Draper said police were trying to determine if there might have been some malfunction that would have allowed the gear shift to be moved easily.

That’s interesting, when my wife had an accident she also mentioned something about a “malfunction”. I’m more inclined to think that it was user error.