I saw a dog in the back of a pick-up truck, what do I do?
Section 72 of the BC Motor Vehicle Act and Section 9.3 of the PCA Act prohibit the transport of an unsecured pet in the back of a pick-up truck.
It is against the law and dangerous for a pet.
If you see a dog that is unattached in the back of a pick-up truck,
call 911 or non emergency line. Record the information about the
vehicle so that you have it on hand for your call:
-Licence plate number
-Make and model of vehicle
-Description of dog
What is the best way to secure a pet in a vehicle?
Unrestrained pets are a major distraction to drivers and can cause
vehicle collisions. In a crash, pets become flying objects and
can cause serious injury to themselves and others.
Put the dog inside the vehicle with you and use a secured crate
or a dog seatbelt to restrain your pet.If you must transport your
pet in the back of a truck, the safest method is in a secured crate
in the centre of your truck box.
We still tragically see this everyday. We really need to come together and educate one another to help put an end to dogs being left loose in the back of trucks. This is illegal under the PCA act (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and the Motor Vehicle Act. It’s a very serious topic and I think some people that still do this to their dogs may not realize the true dangers they are placing their dog in, themselves in, and the others around them in. Or perhaps they just don’t care?
Can you forgive and live with yourself if your dog flies out of your truck and gets badly injured or dies because of your poor choices? Can you live with and forgive yourself if you badly injure or kill others because your dog flew out of the truck and caused a major accident? Your whole life ruined along with others in a blink of an eye because you were too ignorant or stubborn to think of your dog’s and others safety. Let’s change this.
I hear the saying “my dog loves it, he’s been doing it since a pup”. Well, since your dog can’t speak your language and the dog has been forced to be loose back there, then of course your dog may seem used to the truck bed, they were forced to be. They didn’t get a choice.
There are lots of discussions on who you call when this happens… The first thing to to do is; get the make, model and license plate of the vehicle, along with the the time of day and area. A picture if it’s safe to take. Report it to 911 or the non emergency police line, along with the SPCA, immediately. At this point, we also mention maybe publicly posting as well because sometimes that can help create instant awareness and change. It’s not an approach we always recommend, but the way this keeps happening daily, it may be one of the most effective deterrents to save animals and peoples lives.