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Proposal could protect dogs in pickup trucks

Most of all, your pet just wants to spend time with and have fun with you. And that, of course, is priceless.
Most of all, your pet just wants to spend time with and have fun with you. And that, of course, is priceless. (FreeImages.com/Danijel Juricev)

A Senate Republican on Tuesday proposed a measure that would place restrictions on dogs riding in the backs of pickup trucks or on trailers.

The bill (SB 320), filed by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, would require dogs in the open beds of pickup trucks or in open areas of trailers to be secured in kennel cages or other ventilated containers or tethered so they cannot fall out.

The bill, which will be considered during the legislative session that starts March 7, includes exceptions for circumstances involving farmers and hunters.

The proposal also would bar local ordinances that seek to regulate dogs riding in vehicles.