Dog Forced to Run Beside Truck — Was This Animal Abuse?

A Minnesota woman couldn’t believe what she was seeing. She snapped this photo of a leashed dog trying to keep up at 30 mph.

The police are looking into why this dog was forced to run on a leash beside the truck. By: Katie Spychalla Bunes
The police are looking into why this dog was forced to run on a leash beside the truck. By: Katie Spychalla Bunes

Katie Spychalla Bunes says she got quite a surprise last week as she traveled along a road in Isanti County, Minnesota.

A dog was running down the road, trying to keep up with a pickup that was moving about 30 miles per hour. A man’s arm was hanging out the truck window, holding onto one end of a leash. The other end was attached to the tired-looking dog.

“It just wasn’t right,” says Bunes. She took a couple of photos, then stopped the truck and confronted the man — who proceeded to tell Bunes to mind her own business. “I lost it right there,” she says.

Bunes posted the pictures to Facebook, and hundreds of people wrote in with angry comments, calling this animal abuse. Bunes then went to the Sheriff’s Department to file a report. According to a spokesman there, any charges will depend on how fast the truck was traveling and whether the dog was injured.

“If they want to prosecute him, fine,” says Bunes, but she says she’s more concerned about making sure the dog is safe.

According to KARE 11 News, officials found the dog — who “was not injured and appeared in great spirits.”

Source: KARE 11

Gayle Hickman

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Gayle Hickman has been researching and writing about pet behaviors since 2011. In addition to Petful, her articles have appeared on Reader's Digest, Yahoo Shine and WebVet, to name a few.

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