MURRAY, Utah (News4Utah) – The Humane Society of Utah is issuing a warning to pet owners after a puppy ended up with a broken leg.
A 4-month-old Labrador retriever, Pit Bull Terrier mix dog named Jezebel broke her left front leg jumping from the bed of a moving pickup truck.
The dog’s owner surrendered Jezebel to the Humane Society of Utah, and orthopedic surgery was performed to correct the fracture. Jezebel will spend the next four to six weeks recovering in a foster home.
HSU warns dog owners not to allow their pet to ride in the bed of a pickup truck or on a flatbed truck.
“There is no law in Utah that prohibits dogs from riding in the open bed of a pickup truck,” said Gene Baierschmidt, HSU executive director. “ We hope to educate drivers on the dangers to dogs riding in open truck beds and prevent accidents like this from happening.”
HSU says dogs riding unrestrained in a truck bed can distract drivers or cause potential traffic accidents if they fall or jump out on the road.
Jezebel’s owners reported that the truck was moving at a speed of 20 miles per hour when the puppy jumped out of the bed and onto the road.
She was taken to a local veterinary hospital where a cast was placed on the leg; however, the owners could not afford the necessary orthopedic surgery. The Humane Society of Utah used donations from an emergency care fund to arrange surgery with an orthopedic surgeon at a specialty veterinary hospital.
According to American Humane Society, 100,000 dogs are killed each year in accidents involving riding in truck beds.