Perfectly Legal? Woman Caught On Video Walking Her Dog While Driving

Is this practice animal cruelty or just plain laziness?

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The woman who shot this video is upset that another woman was walking her dog while driving. Via Fox 40
The woman who shot this video is upset that another woman was walking her dog while driving. Via Fox 40
John Virata

A woman was “walking” her dog while driving in Stockton, California, and it was all caught on video, infuriating the woman who captured the footage.

Amanda Brajkovich said the woman was holding what she described as a rope out the driver’s side window as the dog ran next to the car, keeping up with the speed of the vehicle, according to Fox40.

Brajkovich was so upset she confronted the woman as she recorded the event on her cellphone, but the woman, who has yet to be identified, said the dog wasn’t being dragged and there was no tension on the dog’s leash, the news outlet reports.

“First thought was ‘oh my god this dog is going to get hurt’ you know, maybe a car’s going to go past him and hit him,” Brajkovich told Fox 40. “You’re going to be a dog owner, a responsible dog owner, then you need to get out and walk your dog you know, don’t be lazy.”

Brajkovich posted the video to Facebook where it was picked up by news outlets. The comments were wide ranging:

Shanna Toback: All of you thinking this is “ok” and “I do this to my dog” you all 100% don’t deserve your dog.
Chrissy Jamison: Well said!
Amber LeRette: Agree!

Judyth Brackenbury Anderson: She should be tethered to her car & let someone else drive. See how she likes it!!!

Linda M Doss: Dog looks to be enjoying the run.
Cheryl Purinton: Omg
Linda M Doss: Omg what?
Donald Johnson: Linda it looks to you as the dog is enjoying itself, get the cra* out of your eyes. just because the dog appears to be smiling is jacked that can be a sign of nervousness.
Linda M Doss: Ummm ok.
My dog likes to run fast and i cant keep up.if i had a golf cart or something and a field i would get him a long leash and run him too. Doing this on public roads is stupid. I never said it was ok. I just said he looks like he’s enjoying the run.

The Stockton Police Department’s animal control department looked at the video and told Fox 40 that “At this point it appears there was no animal cruelty.” They did say that if an officer had witnessed what had transpired, “the driver would have been cited for distracted driving.”
 

Most see this as normal dog walking. Via Steve Baker/Flickr

This is what normal dog walking looks like. Via Steve Baker/Flickr

According to California Penal Code 597T “…the leash, rope, or chain shall be affixed in such a manner that it will prevent the animal from becoming entangled or injured…”

A case of animal cruelty? Or at the worse, just plain stupid behavior? Perhaps a legislator will see the video and make this type of “dog walking” illegal? So what do you think?

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