Please comment Below with your thoughts ! A South Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that would make it illegal for dogs to stick their heads out of windows of moving vehicles.
State Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, filed SB 932 – a comprehensive 29-page bill related to animal welfare – on Friday.
If passed, the bill would make it against the law for a dog “to extend its head or any other body part outside a motor vehicle window while the person is operating the motor vehicle on a public roadway.”
Dr. Boaz Man, medical director at Boca Midtowne Animal Hospital, agrees that the risk isn’t worth the reward.
“If you can prevent some type of accident from happening, then why not, you know, take that precaution?” he said.
Man said he’s seen too many instances in which dogs have been injured because they took a leap out the window.
“It’s always more than I needed to see because it was preventable,” Man said. “So, it doesn’t matter how many, but I’ve seen them jump out of cars.”
“Pets should be treated as well as people are and their lives have value and we need to protect that,” Man said.
If the bill becomes law, it would take effect July 1.
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