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Sound Off: Truck dogs

Is there a city ordinance against having dogs in the back of pickup trucks while driving? If so, what is the fine?

According to the Lawrence City Code, it is unlawful to transport any animal in the open bed of a truck unless the animal is restrained in a cage or on a leash that will prevent the animal from jumping or falling off the vehicle. Violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor, not a traffic infraction, so those cited must appear before a judge and could face jail time.


bearded_gnome 4 years, 11 months ago

pleae! do not restrain your dog with a leash in the back of a pickup truck! that's just about as dangerous as no restraint at all, because dog can chke on collar or try to jump off and choke that way, or get flung around badly in case of accident or hard stop! only safe way in a pickup is a secured carier.

please think.
your dog relies on you to.

Kyle Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

I get so sick and tired of hearing about people worrying about this issue! I've hauled every dog I've owned in the back of my truck and every dog I will have later on after the current one will ride in the bed of the truck. I've never seen the big issue with it. If a dog jumps out its they're own fault. Dogs are a lot smarter than what you may think, and also have an amazing sence of balance. 99% of the time they arnt going to do anything to endanger themselves!

Lowell Holmes 4 years, 11 months ago

You must train your dogs better than most or are very lucky. I have seen dogs jump out of the back of a truck on more than one occasion. Dogs are smart but they are still just dogs and you can never tell when something will draw their attention and they just have to go investigate. Just because something has never happened to you does not mean it doesn't happen. I wish the best for your current dog and all your future dogs.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 11 months ago

We had a small dog, a dachshund, that used to ride in the back of our pickup all the time. And of course, once while the pickup was moving on the highway, but not too fast, maybe 45 mph, she saw something and jumped out after it.

She hit the ground and rolled like a log into the ditch!

And ever after that, she wouldn't jump out of the pickup, no matter what. She would wait patiently at the back of the pickup until someone picked her up and set her on the ground.

gatekeeper 4 years, 11 months ago

Only an idiot would do this to their dog. What happens if someone cuts you off or brakes hard in front of you and you have to slam on your breaks? The dog will go flying. It's illegal for a reason. Not only would it hurt or kill your dog, but if he/she goes flying out the back, it could cause wrecks because others now have to deal with the dog.

If you give a rats *ss about your dog, you would do the legal and correct thing and either put them in the cab of your truck or put a kennel (secured) in the bed.

parrothead8 4 years, 11 months ago

If a dog jumps out, other drivers are put at risk. Thanks for not caring about anyone other than yourself.

Chris Jeter 4 years, 11 months ago

and keep the damn things off your laps when you are driving...

Brock Masters 4 years, 11 months ago

Absolutely - dog on the lap is as bad as texting.

oldbaldguy 4 years, 11 months ago

people can't ride back there either, also misdemeanor. my gun dog loved riding in the back of the truck and he insisted in puting his front feet up on the side. first time he jumped out at a stop was the last time he rode back there. after that he rides in the cargo area of the suv and in a cage for long trips.

Stuart Evans 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm pretty sure this is the only safe way to transport your dog.

Clark Coan 4 years, 11 months ago

I remember when drivers would put their kids in the back of a pickup truck (admittedly that was decades ago).

BTW, there will be about 25% fewer vehicles on city streets by the end of the week because most students and some faculty will have left town.

workinghard 4 years, 11 months ago

Knew a guy that would make his dog ride in the trunk of his car all the time.

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