Bill seeking crates for dogs in trucks falls short

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Kenner lawmaker's attempt to require that dogs be placed in ventilated crates if they are in the back of a truck or on a utility trailer has failed to garner enough support for passage.

The bill by Republican Tom Willmott won't become law this year after stalling in the Senate. It would have only involved vehicles on an interstate highway.

The House backed the idea, but Willmott couldn't gain traction for the bill in the Senate.

Sen. Sherri Smith Buffington, of Keithville, handled the bill in the Senate. She pledged: "We'll be back next year."

Willmott said he wanted to prevent incidents of dogs falling or jumping from the back of moving vehicles, especially on roads with higher speed limits.

House Bill 470 can be found at www.legis.la.gov

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