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NJ: Unbuckled Dogs Draw Stiffer Penalty Than People

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by Vicki, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member

    Unbuckled Dogs Draw Stiffer Penalty Than People

    By Ann Piccirillo 8:15 am

    Say goodbye to the dog days of summer. New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals issues warning to pet owners--restrain your dog in the car or face stiff penalties.

    As we turn the bend into summer, say goodbye to your faithful companion hopping into your car, sitting in the passenger seat and hanging his shaggy head out of the window tasting the freedom of the open road.

    Northjersey.com Road Warrior John Cichowski reported last week that Col. Frank Rizzo, police superintendent for the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, issued a warning that any motorist found driving with an unrestrained pet will face a penalty much stiffer than the $46 fine issued to unbuckled drivers and passengers.

    Penalties for unrestrained dogs range from $250 to $1,000 and as much as six months in jail.

    Rizzo told reporters that the rationale for the enactment of this new law is that in a car accident dogs become projectiles if they are hanging their heads out of the window.

    Patch decided to go straight to the ones charged with the task of enforcing this law and issuing summonses--dog owning police officers. Those who agreed to respond asked not to be identified, but had the same opinion.

    "Seriously," one veteran officer said. "The best part of my day is hitting the road with my dog sitting right beside me in my truck."

    Another thought that this was a particularly intrusive law, especially given the severe penalties.

    "Does a K-9 have to be restrained?" still another cop questioned. "I can hear it now, 'Wait, we can't sniff out the perp--the K-9's caught in the restraint.'"

    In Overpeck Park's dog run on Saturday, the owner of Daisy, a Great Dane, said he thought this was just a back door way for the state to make money. "Really," he said "$250 to $1000? Why not just say you have to add dogs onto your car insurance policy?"

    "Oh wait," he continued. "The state wouldn't get that money."

    The owner of Millie, a Jack Russell Terrier said, "Great, so now when I restrain her she'll bark non-stop in the car and I'll get into an accident."

    Unbuckled Dogs Draw Stiffer Penalty Than People - Long Branch-Eatontown Patch, NJ Patch
  2. mjang212

    mjang212 Pup

    how do you buckle your dogs?
  3. Nina's Dad

    Nina's Dad Big Dog

    The toughest part would be getting the dog to stay in the restraint. Also, I'd bet this wouldn't be enforced across the board; the affluent with their purse dogs will certainly get a pass.
  4. Icepick

    Icepick Banned

    Is it just coincidence that the police colonel's name is also the fake name of one of the Jerky Boys??
  5. AGK

    AGK Super duper pooper scooper Administrator

    I love those guys! Frank rizzo will rap ya in the head with his ratchet lmao.

    There going to give a higher fine to people whom animals aren't restrained than they would a human passenger? Wtf is wrong with the u.s. anymore?
    What's next, rin tin tin for president!
  6. WWII

    WWII Banned

  7. AGK

    AGK Super duper pooper scooper Administrator

    That made me laugh, I love how it's looped. I ride with a dog riding shotgun every now and then but I would never have the windows down far enough they could jump out. Lower the window to where they can just get their head thru. Just don't hit the brakes hard when they got there head out the passenger window LOL.
  8. Mr.Revolution

    Mr.Revolution CH Dog

    oh shit i cracked the fuck up seeing that.
  9. Mr.Revolution

    Mr.Revolution CH Dog

    damn WWII why u post that shit lol i had a chest full of ganja smoke and i wasnt prepared to laugh like that now my damn nose is burning and my head is spinning
  10. Doyle33

    Doyle33 Pup

    I agree 1,000,000,000% only NJ would think of this.This is rediculous intrusive law.My dog loves to ride in the car.You know what.They will think of anything to give us tickets for what next the ear piece for our cells.!!!Or not listening to the right radio station Get outta here and do something better with this state.How about if you want to focus on dogs/animals.How about an animal abuser registry through the state.So animal abusers cant own dogs,or any other animal.!!!!
  11. davidfitness83

    davidfitness83 Top Dog

    no offense but my ankle biters wouldn't be any easier to restrain in a seat belt they are usually hoping back and forth all over my truck. It's a pain in the ass, hopefully those with suvs can get away with a little more.
  12. Millie5

    Millie5 Pup

    Same happened with my puppy.. But he was deadly injured, and couldn't do anything.
  13. Millie5

    Millie5 Pup

  14. Doyle33

    Doyle33 Pup

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    summit95 Banned

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  16. Saiyagin

    Saiyagin Chihuahua Premium Member

    $250-$1000 and 6 months in jail WTF???? How the fuck do these new laws get passed? So many new bullshit laws are popping out of the wood work taking away more and more of our rights every day.
  17. shotgun wg

    shotgun wg Big Dog

    Stuck on stupid. Is all that goes thru my head when I read that.

  18. david63

    david63 CH Dog

    WE have President rin tin tin in office now. Yes those are some stupid laws But look who's President.
  19. 305APBT

    305APBT Big Dog

    FRANK RIZZO! Every day more & more of our rights are stripped away from us. You have to be a real jackass to write this ticket up.
  20. Naeem57

    Naeem57 Pup

    You know precisely what your talking about exactly where other people are coming from on this issue.

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