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Highway Bill targets pet safety

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"This is very much a highway safety bill and is now before the Senate"

  Louisiana State Representative Tom Willmott announces House Bill 470, which he authored and which passed the House, is now before the Senate.

According to Willmott, HB 470 is simple but could prevent a large number of accidents on our state's Interstate highways. The bill requires that dogs be safely crated when traveling in the bed of a pick-up truck or in an open trailer on Louisiana's Interstate highways. It has been estimated that thousands of dogs each year are killed when they are ejected or jump from open vehicles.

Since the filing of the bill, four House Members informed Willmott that they had witnessed dogs jumping or falling from moving pick-up trucks. Three of those dogs died; one survived and caused an automobile accident. Willmott stated an uncrated dog poses the same risks as an unsecured load, using the analogy of a ladder falling off of a truck onto an Interstate highway.

"This bill certainly protects dogs by insisting drivers treat them humanely and with care – providing the protection they need to ride in truck beds or trailers," Willmott said.  "In light of accidents caused by dogs on our Interstate Highways, this is very much a highway safety bill and is now before the Senate."

 "My hope is our colleagues in the Senate will exercise the same judgment and compassion of my fellow House Members, and vote favorably on this bill to protect animals against dangerous accidents and protect our fellow Interstate Highway travelers, Willmott said."

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