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Section 72 of the BC Motor Vehicle Act and Section 9.3 of the PCA Act prohibit the transport of an unsecured pet in the back of a pick-up truck. It is against the law and dangerous for a pet.

If you see a dog that is unattached in the back of a pick-up truck, call 911. Record the information about the vehicle so that you have it on hand for your call:

  • Licence plate number
  • Make and model of vehicle
  • Description of dog

What is the best way to secure a pet in a vehicle?

Unrestrained pets are a major distraction to drivers and can cause vehicle collisions. In a crash, pets become flying objects and can cause serious injury to themselves and others.

  • Put the dog inside the vehicle with you and use a secured crate or a dog seatbelt to restrain your pet.
  • If you must transport your pet in the back of a truck, the safest method is in a secured crate in the centre of your truck box.

Find out more about transporting your pet safely.

Happy dog restrained in crate in the back of a truck
The correct way to transport a dog in a pick-up truck: Dog is inside a secured crate.

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