I’ve previously done posts on keeping dogs safe when riding in cars. Today I came across an article concerning a bill from Maryland trying to ban dogs in the back of pick-up trucks.
The legislation would have required that pets be caged or harnessed when riding in the back of a pickup truck. I didn’t realize that 25 states already have similar laws in place.
“I love dogs,” said the senator from the lower Eastern Shore, minutes before he joined a majority of the chamber in voting to kill legislation that would have required pets to be caged or harnessed when riding in the back of a pickup truck.
The lopsided 30 to 17 vote, hailed as a victory for the rural way of life, put to rest one of the most controversial issues to emerge during the first month of the 2009 session of the General Assembly.
Although Sen. J. Lowell Stoltzfus loves his dog, he voted no. Sen. Norman R. Stone Jr, the bill’s sponsor, along with other proponents expressed the bill is just common sense, and about the safety of other motorists as well as the safety of the dogs.
In the end the bill did not pass, opponents happy because the rural way of life will be preserved and Rover will still get to go for a ride.
Let me know what you think about this type of bill, give me a bark.