Photo Of Dog On Texas Highway Tied To Flatbed Truck Generates Outrage

Social media users are angry that it is perfectly legal to tie your dog on a flatbed truck and drive in Texas.

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This photograph of a dog tethered to the chains of a flatbed truck has sparked outrage online. Via KHOU 11 News
This photograph of a dog tethered to the chains of a flatbed truck has sparked outrage online. Via KHOU 11 News
John Virata

Did you know that it is perfectly legal in Texas to tether your dog on the bed of a flatbed truck and drive 65 mph down the highway? Well, social media users who became angry after a driver posted photos of a dog tethered to the bed of a flatbed have found out that it is, as long as the animal is uninjured.

A driver on Highway 59N in Houston took photos of a dog riding on the bed of a flatbed truck, tethered to the bed’s tie downs and posted the photos to his Facebook page, according to KHOU 11 News.

It is perfectly legal to tether a dog on the bed of a flatbed truck. Via KHOU 11 News

It is perfectly legal in Texas to tether a dog on the bed of a flatbed truck. Via KHOU 11 News

The driver’s post was shared thousands of times, generating plenty of outraged comments on Facebook, such as:

“DEAR TEXAS: THIS IS NOT OKAY! Photo of a dog tied to flatbed truck in HOUSTON has plenty of animal lovers OUTRAGED! Would you do this to your dog?”

“Legal in Texas to drive 65 mph with a dog chained to the back of your truck apparently. . .  Ugh.”

“How the F&@k is tying a dog to a flatbed trailer while driving down the road not illegal???”

“You get a sense of disbelief, that this could even happen,” Monica Schmidt of the Houston Humane Society told KHOU 11 News. “Are you sure it isn’t Photoshopped because it is just so horrible that anyone would do that.”

KHOU reached out to the district attorney and learned that this type of animal transport is legal as long the animal isn’t hurt. Schmidt said that if Texans think the practice should be banned in the state, they should contact their elected officials to let their opinions be heard.

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  • CITY PEOPLE !!! get a life.. dogs ride on the back of flatbed truck without a lease all the time. I am pretty sure this dog rides like this all the time and enjoys it. The dog does not look abused or neglected.

    country guy March 22, 2016 11:59 am Reply
    • The dog does not enjoy this. Tail tucked, cowering body language. The dog is not alert enjoying the wind. The dog is not relaxed. The dog is clearly distressed. It is abuse. Country people like you need to stop being ignorant. This has never been OK. People just didn’t understand it was wrong. Some of us country people work our dogs and care about their wellbeing.

      Animal behaviorist March 22, 2016 7:29 pm Reply
  • Horrible animal abuse what if a Moran decided to shoot the dog jackass how I would like for you to be on that flatbed @65 mph you are a dumbass period

    Bonnie March 22, 2016 10:32 pm Reply
  • That is cruel. What would happen if the flatbed jack-knifed or flipped over. You’re on a highway not a pasture. Dogs should be securely harnessed in a seatbelt like a child. So many people are heart broken when they are involved in a motor vehicle accident and the dog runs off. Few are found most probably die of injuries because they were not treated.

    Lynne March 23, 2016 4:39 pm Reply
  • It’sa ranch thing, we put our dogs on our flatbed pickups all the time, tthey’re trained for it.

    nate B November 21, 2016 9:29 am Reply
  • If you value your dog, you would not do such a thing. My dogs would NEVER ride like that, or even loose in the back of a pick up. And if he falls off the truck and an accident occurs with the driver behind the truck–what then?
    It is not a country thing–it is an ignorant thing! I live in a ranching community, and I love and respect my dogs too much to risk them getting killed out of such stupidity.

    Cynthia M. December 6, 2016 8:36 pm Reply

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