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Dog in truck = fine

A man driving a truck with a dog sitting on top of a tool box could face fines from RCMP if caught.

The driver was spotted in West Kelowna on Main Street, and a witness says the dog was tied to a short, one-foot leash, struggling to keep its balance.

Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says Section 72 of the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act and Section 9.3 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act each prohibit the transport of an unsecured pet in the back of a pickup.

“Unsecured pets not only become a distraction to drivers, but more importantly, are at a higher risk to suffer serious injuries should they jump from the truck bed, or be involved in any collision,” said O’Donaghey.

The driver or registered owner of the truck could face fines starting at $109.

The SPCA says the safest place to secure a pet is inside the passenger compartment.

“The safest method to transport your pet, if they must be transported in the truck bed, is inside an animal crate secured in the centre of the truck bed,” states the B.C. SPCA website.

An owner may secure their pet with a leash, short enough to prevent the animal from jumping out of a vehicle, strangulation, or potential for death.

Kevin Alexander captured an image of the incident and said he was extremely angry.

“This man needs to wake up and realize his dog's life is at risk and if he does not care then he shouldn't be a pet owner,” he said.

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