An appalling video taken in Stockton, California, appears to show a woman “walking her dog” by forcing him to run alongside her moving car with a rope around his neck. Other cars appear to swerve across lanes of traffic to avoid the strange scene:
A concerned motorist filmed the alarming incident with her phone, and the video is now causing outrage across Southern California and beyond. While at this point, police reportedly have no plans to pursue cruelty charges, outraged dog guardians are demanding action.
What Can We Learn From This?
Thankfully, the dog in the video appears to be uninjured, but this type of irresponsible, lazy, and dangerous behavior is never acceptable. This dog could easily have been hit by another motorist or even the very car that he was being forced to keep up with.
Never attach a dog’s leash to a vehicle or bicycle. If even one little thing went wrong, the dog could trip, be dragged along the pavement, become tangled in the leash, sustain a serious injury, and even be killed. Dogs forced to run with a vehicle are also susceptible to heat exhaustion. If you ever see someone endanger or mistreat an animal, call the police immediately. If they are unresponsive, contact PETA for help.
Be the exact opposite of the woman in the video: a responsible dog guardian.
Dogs’ daily walk is their chance to stretch their legs, get some fresh air, and explore a world full of interesting scents (sniffing is a dog’s greatest pleasure!)—so don’t treat dog-walking like a chore. And be sure to share this cute video starring Molly Shannon and Mike White to let everyone know how important it is to walk dogs safely, responsibly, and with lots of love: