Pets Need Seat Belts Too, Expert Says
By: Darlene Dunn, Staff writer
Leslie May was traveling along Interstate 70 with her shelties from Dayton, Ohio to Indianapolis after a dog agility trial when vehicles in front of her suddenly started to break.Read more...
"Cars were skidding out in front of us, so I went into the berm, and so did the car in front of us," May said. "The dogs were in the car, and I didn’t want anyone to rear-end me."
May collided with the car in front of her, but she and her dogs, Johann and Gracie, were virtually unscathed. Johann suffered bruised ribs.
"If they were not buckled in, I don't know what would have happened," she said. "The dogs would have been flying."
May, who is in her 40s, believes she is a responsible pet parent who restrains her pets when they are riding in her vehicle. After the accident, she started blogging about various pet issues in Johann's voice at her blog.
According to Bark Buckle Up, a pet safety advocacy organization, pet travel has increased 300 percent since 2005, while the use of pet restraints is about 2 percent, so it is crucial to spread the word about the importance of restraining pets when traveling. June is also pet safety month.
Christina Selter, founder of Bark Buckle Up, said there are three reasons why it is imperative that pet parents restrain pets when traveling.
No. 1 is so that the pet does not distract the driver. No. 2 is so that the pet does not get injured in an accident or hurt the driver or passengers. No. 3 is so that first responders, such as police officers and firefighters, can respond appropriately.
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