Did you know that it is perfectly legal in Texas to tether your dog on the bed of a flatbed truck and drive 65 mph down the highway? Well, social media users who became angry after a driver posted photos of a dog tethered to the bed of a flatbed have found out that it is, as long as the animal is uninjured.
A driver on Highway 59N in Houston took photos of a dog riding on the bed of a flatbed truck, tethered to the bed’s tie downs and posted the photos to his Facebook page, according to KHOU 11 News.
The driver’s post was shared thousands of times, generating plenty of outraged comments on Facebook, such as:
“DEAR TEXAS: THIS IS NOT OKAY! Photo of a dog tied to flatbed truck in HOUSTON has plenty of animal lovers OUTRAGED! Would you do this to your dog?”
“Legal in Texas to drive 65 mph with a dog chained to the back of your truck apparently. . . Ugh.”
“How the F&@k is tying a dog to a flatbed trailer while driving down the road not illegal???”
“You get a sense of disbelief, that this could even happen,” Monica Schmidt of the Houston Humane Society told KHOU 11 News. “Are you sure it isn’t Photoshopped because it is just so horrible that anyone would do that.”
KHOU reached out to the district attorney and learned that this type of animal transport is legal as long the animal isn’t hurt. Schmidt said that if Texans think the practice should be banned in the state, they should contact their elected officials to let their opinions be heard.