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Jody Hanson: Let your dog ride up front

I would like to comment on the April 3 photo in The Union of a dog in the bed of a truck going down the highway. This could very well be the last day of that dog’s life. We’ve all seen dogs riding in the back of pickup trucks as the trucks fly down the highway.

The dogs look to be having fun, but by being in the back of a truck they risk injury from flying objects. Eye injuries are common, but there is an even greater danger. According to a California state legislator, approximately 100,000 dogs a year nationwide are killed because they jump or are thrown from a pickup.

There’s no reliable way of estimating how much damage and how many serious accidents such incidents cause.



California requires dogs in the open back of a pickup to be either in a cage or cross-tied to the truck unless the sides of the truck are at least 46 inches high. Violators can be fined $50 to $100 for a first offense and up to $250 for a third offense.

Please, if you love your dog, keep them in the truck with you.




Jody Hanson

Grass Valley


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