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Proposed Florida bill wants to ban dogs from putting head out car windows

The bill also states that dogs would need to be in a crate inside the vehicle protected from direct sunlight.
Posted at 6:59 PM, Feb 22, 2023

A proposed bill in Florida, if passed, would make it illegal for a dog to put its head out of the car window to enjoy the breeze.

The proposal, filed this month, would prohibitspecific actions on the transportation of dogs on public roadways, according to its language.

The bill touches on several aspects of animal welfare, but one that stood out was what it would deem as illegal when riding in motor vehicles with pets. The legislation would cover the way drivers carry pets inside their vehicles or in the open bed of a pickup truck.

The proposed legislation states that it would not let a person allow "a dog to extend its head or any other body part outside a motor vehicle window while the person is operating the motor vehicle on a public roadway."

Drivers would also not be allowed to transport a dog on the running board, hood, fender or roof of a motor vehicle, and says drivers would not be allowed to transport a dog in an space intended for cargo or in a trailer being towed by a vehicle.

A dog, under the proposal, would have to be secured in a crate that is "appropriate" in size for the dog, which would need to be restrained by a safety harness, and it would have to be constructed in a way to prevent the dog from escaping.

The bill's language also says that the dog crate would have to have adequate ventilation and protect the dog from direct sunlight.

The legislation would take effect on July 1 if it passes both chambers of Florida's legislature, Scripps News West Palm Beach reported.

State Sen. Lauren Book, the lawmaker who filed SB 932, said in a statement, "Our family has three dogs, two of which are almost 175 pounds each and love sticking their heads out the window. So I welcome and appreciate all public comment on this issue, which is only one piece of a complete proposed overhaul of the state's animal welfare system as brought to me by veterinarians and advocates."

One part of the bill also focuses on cosmetic testing on animals for products that would be used for humans.

Sen. Book said, "We can easily amend this piece out of the bill while protecting the intent of the animal welfare community and vets who proposed the policy because of unintended injuries they've treated, and we will."