BOURBONNAIS, IL – Ford Motor Company and the American Humane Association have partnered together to remind drivers of pickup trucks to keep man’s best friend inside. The “Dogs Ride Inside” initiative is part of a new pet safety campaign. This simple reminder can prevent serious injury or death while travelling with pets.
“It is estimated that 100,000 dogs die each year riding in truck beds” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association, the country’s first national humane organization. “Unfortunately, we have all seen dogs riding in the bed of a pickup truck, which is an extremely dangerous way to transport your pet.”
It is a very startling statistic, estimating that 100,000 dogs die each year from riding in truck beds. Kankakee County is an area where there are open roads, fields and farms which in turn makes it is easy to have your pet jump in the back and continue on with your drive. Even with a well trained dog it can still be a recipe for disaster. The smallest of distractions such as another animal or mere curiosity gives your pet the opportunity to jump out of a moving truck.
“As America’s truck leader, this is an issue that’s close to the heart for us,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group Marketing Manager. “We’re not asking that people go to onerous lengths while driving with pets, but even the smallest steps can make a difference in keeping all passengers in our vehicles safe.”
The American Humane Association and Ford recommend these five tips:
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