Florida animal welfare bill would ban dogs from sticking their heads out of a car window

A bill moving through the Florida legislature would ban dogs from sticking their heads out of car windows, along with a host of other measures.

The proposal is part of Senate Bill 932, a sweeping animal welfare bill sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Lauren Book.

Section 1 of the bill deals with the transport of dogs in cars. The section would prohibit Floridians from allowing “a dog to extend its head or any other part of its body out of the window of a motor vehicle while the person is operating it on a public road.”

The bill says violators would be subject to a non-criminal traffic violation, considered a moving violation.

The section also includes other regulations on how dogs can be transported in automobiles. The bill would prohibit Floridians from having dogs on their lap while driving or from transporting their dogs across a car’s running board, fender, hood, roof or trunk. Instead, it provides that dogs in motor vehicles on public roads must be secured in properly sized crates, restrained with a pet harness or seat belt, or “under the physical control of a person other than the driver of the motor vehicle.” 

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