Police investigating dog in pet cage on SUV’s tailgate in ‘extreme heat’

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)

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5 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    Someone rear ends that vehicle and the dog is toast, never mind the heat stroke the dog will get. Why do people do this sort of thing? I am willing to bet that crate would fit inside that vehicle, so why be so cruel?

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  2. pennysdachshunds says:

    THIS photo Makes ONE wonder what this “Intellectually Challenged ” Moronic Woman exactly planned to do with this beautiful animal , that had the Horrible Luck of having a total Non-vested pet owner having a Pet at all…

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