Sacto 9-1-1
July 29, 2013
Placer SPCA issues warning after dog is thrown from pickup

Tundra_B.JPGPlacer SPCA officials are reminding motorists not to transport dogs in the bed of a pickup unless the animal is restrained or in a cage after one pooch was recently thrown hard to the pavement.

On July 15, a dog renamed Tundra by the SPCA, was in the back of a truck approaching a traffic light at Blue Oaks Boulevard and Diamond Creek in Roseville when the driver stepped on the gas to beat a light.

That threw Tundra, a young female Pit Bull, against the tailgate and out of the bed of the truck. She rolled along the pavement before skidding to a stop.

Two women witnessed Tundra's landing and came to her aid. While one waited for Animal Control to arrive, the other unsuccessfully searched for the driver.

The dog was transferred to the Placer Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She suffered abrasions to her body and face, but no broken bones. Anyone who wants to give Tundra a new home is welcome to visit her at the Placer SPCA, 150 Corporation Yard Road, Roseville.

California Vehicle Code requires dogs riding in pickups to be restrained or in an enclosed area to prevent ejection. Placer SPCA chief Leilani Fratis calls such unrestrained transport "a very unsafe situation."

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