A photo circulating on Facebook in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania showing a dog in a pet cage strapped onto a SUV’s tailgate in “extreme heat” prompted an animal cruelty investigation on Monday.
According to Lehigh Valley Live, the dark colored vehicle carrying a German shepherd inside of the pet cage had been secured with green mover straps. The woman, who posted the photo on Facebook at 4:51 p.m., stated she was just “sick” over what she saw. The outside temperature at that time was recorded at 98 degrees with a humidity heat index exceeding 100 degrees.
When the woman spotted the dog in the cage, the vehicle had been stopped at a traffic light. The woman asked social media “friends” to “Please share this.”
The current law in Pennsylvania prohibits transporting an animal in a cruel or inhumane manner, however the law is vague and left up to the discretion of the arresting officer. State Representative Jeanne McNeill was disturbed at the image and previously sponsored a bill that would make it illegal to transport a dog outside of a vehicle. The bill never made it out of committee this year.
“It shall be prohibited to carry or cause or allow to be carried a dog on the hood, roof, truck bed or any other external section of a vehicle on a public road in the Commonwealth,” McNeill’s HB 2503 stated.
Police Chief Mark DiLuzio state the Bethlehem Police Department received several calls about the incident and are searching for the owner of the dog.
(Photo of German shepherd in pet cage via Facebook)
More news and updates on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.
Shelter desperate for foster home – dog is incredibly distressed at facility. Read more here.
Our site is supported by stories from Shared.com
American hunter faces backlash after posting photo of dead giraffe – read more here.
Koko the gorilla’s message to humankind – read it here.