NJ: Unbuckled Dogs Draw Stiffer Penalty Than People

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by Vicki, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator

    Unbuckled Dogs Draw Stiffer Penalty Than People

    By Ann Piccirillo 8:15 am

    Say goodbye to the dog days of summer. New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals issues warning to pet owners--restrain your dog in the car or face stiff penalties.

    As we turn the bend into summer, say goodbye to your faithful companion hopping into your car, sitting in the passenger seat and hanging his shaggy head out of the window tasting the freedom of the open road.

    Northjersey.com Road Warrior John Cichowski reported last week that Col. Frank Rizzo, police superintendent for the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, issued a warning that any motorist found driving with an unrestrained pet will face a penalty much stiffer than the $46 fine issued to unbuckled drivers and passengers.

    Penalties for unrestrained dogs range from $250 to $1,000 and as much as six months in jail.

    Rizzo told reporters that the rationale for the enactment of this new law is that in a car accident dogs become projectiles if they are hanging their heads out of the window.

    Patch decided to go straight to the ones charged with the task of enforcing this law and issuing summonses--dog owning police officers. Those who agreed to respond asked not to be identified, but had the same opinion.

    "Seriously," one veteran officer said. "The best part of my day is hitting the road with my dog sitting right beside me in my truck."

    Another thought that this was a particularly intrusive law, especially given the severe penalties.

    "Does a K-9 have to be restrained?" still another cop questioned. "I can hear it now, 'Wait, we can't sniff out the perp--the K-9's caught in the restraint.'"

    In Overpeck Park's dog run on Saturday, the owner of Daisy, a Great Dane, said he thought this was just a back door way for the state to make money. "Really," he said "$250 to $1000? Why not just say you have to add dogs onto your car insurance policy?"

    "Oh wait," he continued. "The state wouldn't get that money."

    The owner of Millie, a Jack Russell Terrier said, "Great, so now when I restrain her she'll bark non-stop in the car and I'll get into an accident."

  2. Mamie2shoes

    Mamie2shoes New Member

    IMAG0147.jpg well, we already buckle just to keep her out of my lap. LOL Even if I put her in the third row, she will crawl over each seat and try for my lap. It was cute at first at 18 wks. Now at 6 months and 80+lbs, I can't even see around her.
  3. Filajulia

    Filajulia New Member

    I live across the river from NJ. I have a crate in back of minivan. Also have a "doggy seatbelt" harness. Which fussy Opie cannot stand. Hubby stubbornly lets the dog sit behind the front seats. I told him, warned him to no effect. So far so good, he did not get pinched. There is nothing but trees on our side, so all shopping gets done in NJ. Now that hubby's gone for the week, the crate goes back in the van, since he keeps taking it out. I prefer to shop for groceries in the evening, less traffic, road and store. The crate's door right by the back hatch. In case of someone approaching me in dark parking lot, I can press a button on my key and dog can rush to me. How very insecure of me. True, female, short and not strong. Better be safe than sorry.:scared2:

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