Car seatbelt for your dog? It’s already a bone of contention

Dogs riding in cars in Maine could be forced to belt up under a proposed law, but even the man.

Dogs riding in cars in Maine could be forced to belt up under a proposed law, but even the man behind the idea now seems to be undecided.

Jim Handy, a Democratic state representative, has introduced a bill entitled An Act Concerning the Transporting of Dogs in Passenger Vehicles.

It requires dogs to be tethered or harnessed in moving cars. It would also end the right of a dog travelling in a vehicle to poke its “head outside of the passenger compartment at any time that the motor vehicle is in motion”.

There would be exceptions for farmers’ working dogs “engaged in agricultural activities”, hunting dogs and on-duty police dogs. It has caused a stir among dog owners and even Mr Handy seems to have…