SAFETY FIRST: Building supervisor Jeremy Stritzke with his Neapolitan Mastiffs, Winston and Atira, who often travel in the back of his ute.
SAFETY FIRST: Building supervisor Jeremy Stritzke with his Neapolitan Mastiffs, Winston and Atira, who often travel in the back of his ute. Lee Constable

Dogs must be secured onto utes: police

POLICE have renewed warnings for dogs in the Mackay region to be secured properly when travelling on the back of utes.

To avoid serious risk of injury to their dogs, police urge people to cage or tether their animals at all times when travelling in the back of utes, tray backs or trucks.

Mackay Road Policing Unit's Sergeant Gerry Doyle said carrying a dog was no different to any other load.

"Police would be looking at issuing a $227 fine if a dog wasn't secured properly," he said.

"Every ute is different, so people need to find a way to secure their dog to their individual vehicle.

"It prevents them from falling from the back of the ute."

Mackay tradie Jeremy Stritzke experienced the horror of his dog falling off while driving.

His Neapolitan Mastiff Winston came off the back of his vehicle, despite being secured.

"His tail got caught underneath the wheel," he said.

"Winston had to undergo a $4000 operation afterwards.

"It was lucky he was secured in some way, otherwise he would have gone completely under the car."

Sgt Doyle said there were many ways to secure an animal properly.

"Cages are a popular alternative to leashes," he said.

"They fully enclose the dog and prevent it from escaping."
 

SECURE YOUR BEST FRIEND

  • Do not use choker chains or choker collars.
     
  • Ensure the lead swivels at both ends to prevent entanglement.
     
  • The lead should not be long enough for the dog to reach the ute's sides, but long enough to allow the dog to get comfortable.


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