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By Annmarie Bailey on November 17, 2010

As an Insurance Agent for 20+ years, I learned from other owners mistakes that Fido should never be allowed to travel unrestrained in a vehicle, nor be left unattended in a vehicle. I have taken many claims over the years where beloved pets and people were injured,or vehicles were damaged, all due to unrestrained, unattended or improperly restrained animals. All of these claims were unnecessary losses.

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Imageplantladylin
Dec 19, 2010 7:44 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
Annmarie: Thank you for this wonderful, informative article! I'm a little behind in reading some of the articles, trying to catch up and I just came across this one.

Here in Florida we have seat belt/restraint laws for all humans but not so for our pets. I distinctly remember a day back in the mid 1980's when I was on my way back to work from lunch. There was a pickup truck in front of me with a young man and his boxer. The dog was hanging halfway out the passenger window enjoying the breeze and suddenly saw a bicyclist on the side of the road and he went out the window! The speed limit on the 4 lane highway was 45mph and the dog literally flew out the window and bounced and bounced. Luckily I, as well as other vehicles were able to stop! The young man pulled his truck over and ran out into the street for his dog. When the dog finally came to a stop from bouncing he stood up but was very wobbly and noticeably disoriented. The owner picked him up and took him to his truck ... hopefully the dog survived but I'm thinking he must have had internal injuries from bouncing so high and hitting the pavement so hard. It's hard to witness dogs untethered inside a vehicle ... and don't even get me started on the dogs I see trying to keep their balance in the back of pickup trucks! I just wish people would wake up and treat their pets a little better. I recently told someone about a local news story from a couple of years ago. An elderly woman was traveling at night on the interstate from and for some reason ran off the road and hit a tree. The lady did not survive the accident and her little Yorkie, who had not been secured inside the vehicle, got out of the wrecked car and ran off. The family members came down from up north and drove back and forth in the area of the accident looking for the dog, they placed ads in the lost and found of the local newspaper but I never heard if they found the little dog or not. I can only imagine how frightened and possibly hurt that poor dog must have been. Crying

We have a law here in Florida about leaving dogs unattended in parked vehicles too. I've had a couple of instances witnessing dogs left in hot cars the past few years so I now keep the animal control phone number programmed in my cell phone! I had to call them one time when I was at Wal-Mart and noticed a dog crying in a parked car. It was an extremely hot summer day and I waited a few minutes to see if someone would come out of the store and go to that car. I then went into the store and had them announce over the PA system for the owner to come to their car. I was seriously thinking of trying to find something to break a window, but I finally called animal control and waited for them to arrive. About 10 minutes later the lady came out. She said she didn't hear the announcement and said she had only been in the store for a couple of minutes, but the officer had been there at least 10 minutes before the driver returned and I was out there at least 10 minutes before animal control even arrived. The driver was given a ticket.

I was at the P.O. one day this past summer (and it was an extremely hot summer), and when walking from my car I noticed a dog left in a car with windows up! I walked inside and got at the back of the line and asked loudly if someone had left their dog in the car? A lady piped up (sounding a bit startled) and said "Yes, I have a dog in my car, is something wrong?" I asked her if she knew of the Florida law pertaining to leaving dogs unattended in cars with the windows up and boy ... she got real defensive and said a few words I can't repeat! She said she was only going to be in there for a minute and that her dog would be fine and that some people should just mind their own business! She was two in line in front of me and there were five people in front of her. I told her that someone had to be the voice for animals that couldn't speak for themselves and told her: "Maybe one day you should put on a fur coat, get in your car, don't start the engine, don't turn the air conditioning on, don't open a window even a crack (or maybe just a crack) and sit there for JUST 5 minutes"! She was not happy that I was speaking up but I just could not be silent when I know the dog was suffering in that heat! No one else said anything, but she ended up getting out of line and left. A couple of people thanked me for speaking up. I just hope it made her think and that she did not ever leave her dog in a hot car again.

Thanks to all who care about the critters!

Lin
Image1AnjL
Dec 20, 2010 6:14 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Hilarious! Lin I probly would have spoke up too.... but not as kindly as you did Whistling
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Imageplantladylin
Dec 20, 2010 11:04 AM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
Annmarie: When it comes to children and pets I always feel I have to speak up. I am just so amazed at the ignorance of some people at times. It took all of my will power to contain myself from screaming loudly at those ladies, but I managed to speak softly and kindly ... while inside, I was screaming calling them idiots! Big Grin
ImageTwinLakesChef
Dec 20, 2010 3:56 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Oh, my. I would be too. People just don't think very well.
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Image1AnjL
Dec 20, 2010 4:15 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
I agree I too think someone needs to speak up for both kids and pets. I'm not so sure I would not be able to 'contain myself' while speaking up...er...screaming at them tho Hilarious!

I still need to refine my 'people skills' when I'm angry/scared especially when it comes to helping kids and animals.

When my power went out this last week, all the neighbors were congregating in the street waiting/watching the power co fix our lines and talking. When I say 'all the neighbors' it means all 4 of us Hilarious! Hilarious! anyhow somehow the subject of pets and seatbelts came up and I told them about this article. After that conversation, one neighbor who travels between his city home and mountain home with his cat, went out and bought a carrier and asked me to show him how to buckle it in Thumbs up He's been traveling with his cat for many years, and said he just never thought about what would happen to the cat if there were an accident.

The other neighbor had me show him the harness I use for my Sheldon. He had to special order one online for his BIG fur baby. He was concerned because his dog is very protective of him and he got scared that the paramedics wouldnt be able to help him or his wife if the dog wasnt restrained.

I am overjoyed. There are now 2 more animals out there that hopefully wont get hurt in a car accident Hurray! Hurray!
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Imageplantladylin
Dec 20, 2010 6:07 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Good for you Annmarie! I'm so glad to hear that two more animals are going to be safe while passengers in a vehicle! Now, if I can just convince some of my own family members to secure their pets when they take them out in the car. Many people think it's not a big deal when they're just going a mile or so, but statistics have shown that most accidents happen close to home!

* * * Buckle up your Kids, your Pets and Yourself! * * *
Image1AnjL
Dec 20, 2010 7:57 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
I wish I could convince my ex that dogs need to be buckled up Glare My 14 yr old son has a mini pin over at dads house. I've been after both of them about buckling up the doggie, and not feeding him so much. He's really overweight and he's only 1 yr old! Grumbling I've even offered to buy a harness for him. Dad/ex refuses to buckle him up, but then again Dad/ex never wore a seatbelt himself Grumbling They take the dog everywhere they go too! I'm just worried my sons going to loose his dog cuz dad is so stubborn Crying
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ImageLance
May 30, 2011 7:41 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
My insurance company (Liberty Mutual) has an article in their recent publication about restraining pets in vehicles. If an insurance company is promoting it, than maybe there is hope for this topic to become even more popular. After all, it was not that long ago seat belts were not worn by people, either.
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Image1AnjL
Jun 4, 2011 12:53 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Thumbs up Thumbs up Glad to hear the insurance companies are jumping on the 'pet safety' band wagon!! oh wait...they are probably more interested in making sure the humans and property are safe from doggie distracted drivers (since thats what they pay out for) Hilarious!
Oh well, at least some pets will be safer Big Grin Lovey dubby
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageLance
Jun 5, 2011 11:57 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
The article actually mentioned many reasons, including the safety of the driver, pet, and passengers. So pets were actually included for their own sake, as well. There is hope for this world yet!
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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