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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Did You Know that Animal Transport on Flatbed is Legal in Texas?

Houston, Texas - Photographs taken by a Houston area driver have so many people ticked off that they're going viral.

The pictures were taken on Sunday on Highway 59N near Humble; they show a dog tethered to a moving truck’s flatbed, reportedly driving 65 mph.

Because Monica Schmidt with the Houston Humane Society is used to protecting animals, she had no problem speaking out about the pictures.

“You get a sense of disbelief that this could even happen,” said Schmidt. “And you think, ‘are you sure this isn't Photoshoped?’, because it's just so horrible that anybody would do that.”

The man who took the photos didn’t want to be identified but you can see his Facebook post has been shared thousands of times and has generated comments like, “needs to be in jail!”, “that's so terrible! I can only imagine how terrified that poor baby was!” and “Oh my god that makes me sick to my stomach.”

Even though the pictures have generated plenty of outrage, according to the District Attorney’s office, this type of animal transport is legal in Texas. It only becomes a crime if the animal is hurt; something Schmidt says is highly likely.

“We really need stricter laws in Texas to be able to protect those animals that can't protect themselves. Every dog owner should be saddened that as a society that happens… here in Houston on our highways.”

Schmidt recommends that anyone who is upset by the animal’s treatment contact their elected official and encourage them to push for tougher animal rights legislation.

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