Save Dogs From Being Strapped to Outside of Moving Vehicles

Target: Flagler County Board of Supervisors Chair Gregory Hansen
Goal: Protect animals from being strapped to the outside of moving vehicles.

A bystander captured a video of a dog named Zeus tied to the top of a trailer speeding down the highway. The owner, a man taking his dogs to hunt, didn’t face any criminal penalties for his actions since authorities claimed that “no crime was committed.” This is outrageous and the laws must be changed to ensure no dogs can be abused like this is the future.

Authorities did follow up with the hunter and conduct a welfare check on Zeus. The hunter claimed that his dogs enjoy traveling outside the car and were not in any danger. In the video, Zeus can be seen attached to the top of a kennel that was holding two other dogs.

When a local news station stopped by the owner’s house, he defended his actions stating, “Don’t you have something better to do? “It’s normal. It’s legal.”

Technically, the owner is correct, since in Flagler County, it is perfectly legal to strap a dog to the top of a trailer or other vehicle, while speeding down the road. Of course, pet owners should do more than just what is “legal” and have a moral obligation to protect their animals. Additionally, Flagler County’s tether laws are outrageously weak and must be strengthened.

Sign this petition to ask Flagler County authorities to pass a proper animal welfare law that prevents owners from strapping their pets to the outside of moving vehicles.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Supervisor Hansen,

In your county it is legal for pet owners to strap their animals to the outside of moving vehicles. Because of this, a hunter who was recently filmed with his dog strapped to the top of a trailer driving down the interstate, did not face any criminal penalties. This is outrageous.

Animals deserve better than this and must be protected from owners who are willing to endanger their wellbeing. We, the undersigned, are asking you and your fellow supervisors to pass legislation that will make it illegal to strap animals to the outside of moving vehicles.

Other jurisdictions already follow this commonsense rule, so I would hope that Flagler County will do the same.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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51 Comments

  1. This is horrible, make it illegal!

  2. This should not go unpunished.

  3. Rosemarie Cannon says:

    I think people who do this to anyone animalshould be punished for what they do

  4. Strap the owners to the top of the vehicle.

  5. Mark Goyette says:

    Under Florida Statute § 828.12, it is in fact illegal to do this, because the dog is being abused and is in danger of death or injuries due to the way it is restrained and being transported it is considered an unsafe condition. The state of Florida should be contacted, screw the county which doesn’t want to enforce state laws.

  6. This is so wrong how would they like it let’s all push it do the owner the same way

  7. Carol Ann Haas says:

    That is so so terrible and oh so cruel this should not be allowed they should be finished for that and arrested .

  8. Joanne attaway says:

    You should have made room in your vehicle. This was horrifying for this awsome dog. Here you want his loyalty and look how you treated him. You should be ashamed!

  9. Who hunts with a pit bull. Moron.

  10. Francis Escobar says:

    This is a cruelty action

  11. I agree 100% that is so wrong so many things could happen the dog looks very scared and even letting your dog ride in the back of the pickup truck could be very dangerous to what if it fell out or something you were in a wreck people just don’t have any comDonnamon sense at all

  12. Jeffrey Burnside says:

    This is cruel and dangerous. He was terrified. Makes me sick

  13. That poor dog is not enjoying the ride, you can plainly see that ! This is crual from the heart of the owner period ! The owner shows no love for the animal by forcing this upon these dogs ! They all should be within boxed huts during transport ! I wouldn’t treat a loved one like that, why should this guy get away with this !!
    I love my dog and cat ! There’s no way I’d frighten either of them even close to that manner !!

  14. Merianne Fisher says:

    What a horrible thing to do to this poor dog. He should be arrested and have the dog taken away.

  15. This is sorry to do this to a poor animal you cruel no good beasts

  16. I think the f****** owner needs to be tied to the top of the damn SUV and give him a spin around the block or two or maybe going down the interstate running about 75 80 miles an hour and he might have a change of heart hey what’s good for the goose is good for the gander I have no empathy for a low life and that is the one of the lowest forms of life anyone can be is to abuse an animal

  17. Kathi Brogan says:

    I hope this can become a law.

  18. Maybe the owner should be strapped to the top of a moving vehicle going down the highway and see how he likes it.

  19. Lori mccabe says:

    Someone needs to take all their animals from then an arrest the evil monster!

  20. YOU CLEARLY DO NOT LOVE OR CARE FIR THE SAFTY IF YOUR DOG, LET ME SHIW YOU HOW MUCH I CARE FIR YOU AND LET YOU RIDE UP THETE AND I CAN BE YOUR DRIVER, DON’T PUT WORDS IN THAT DOGS MOUTH THAT IS NOT TRUE, YIU SHOULD HAVE YOUR DOGS TAKEN AWAY OR SENT TO A CLASS TO SHOW YOU HOW TOO TREAT THEM WOULD YOU RIDE ON THE TOP WITH JUST A LEASH TIE ON??? OK CALL ME I WILL GIVE YOU THST OPPORTUNITY IF YOU WANT. SHAME ON THE ATTHORITIES THAT SAY THIS IS OK NO IT IS NOT LETS SEE IF YOU WOULD TREAT YOUR BEST FRIEND LIKE THIS. THAT IS A BREATHING, HEART BEATING SOUL THAT CAN FEEL PAIN, FEELINGS DANGER ETC.

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