Proposed Florida bill could restrict dogs from sticking their heads out of vehicles

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A recent Florida law will outlaw dogs in the Sunshine State from sticking their heads out of car windows.

The bill for animal welfare was presented last week by state senator Lauren Book, a Democrat who represents a portion of South Florida.

The bill prohibits holding a dog in one’s lap while driving and forbids dogs from sticking their heads or other body parts out a car window.

In specific, this bill would prohibit dog owners from allowing their pets 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.”

If the measure is approved, dogs must also be restrained by a harness or a pet seatbelt when riding in a vehicle.

Although Florida and the rest of the United States frequently witness dogs lazing in the wind, there are risks involved.

“Although most dogs love to stick their heads out open windows, the wind can seriously irritate mucous membranes and blow pieces of grit or other debris into their eyes,” the Humane Society explains. “Pets could also be seriously injured by objects as you drive down the road.”

“Never allow pets to stick any portion of their bodies out the window,” the animal advocacy group stated.

The law also imposes a number of animal welfare restrictions, including as punishing cat declawing, outlawing some animal experiments, restricting the selling of rabbits before Easter, and mandating the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to publish an online list of people who have been found guilty of animal abuse.

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