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Tethered dogs in Kamloops truck spark online controversy

A photo captured on Canada Day in Kamloops this past weekend shows two dogs tethered to the headache rack of a pickup truck. RCMP say this is not illegal.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/ Shalyn Byrne

KAMLOOPS — A Kamloops woman was on her way to enjoy Canada Day celebrations yesterday afternoon when she drove past a pickup truck with two dogs in the back that left her shocked and angry.

Shalyn Byrne was driving and asked her sister to take a photo yesterday, July 1, around 4 p.m. right before Summit Drive becomes Victoria Street West of two dogs tethered to the headache rack in a pickup truck box with no sides.

“I was shocked,” she says. “(The driver) flew around the corner and that poor beagle was trying to stay on the truck and grab some traction.”

Byrne and her sister quickly called RCMP and were told police had received a call about the same truck 15 minutes earlier.

Kamloops RCMP media liaison Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says since the driver had the dogs tethered, this was not illegal.

“It is illegal to drive with your animal unsecured in the back of your truck… it is a $109 fine,” Shelkie says in an emailed statement.

Secured means that the animal must be tethered or in some kind of a crate.

Byrne’s post to the Kamloops Rant and Rave page has sparked some controversy.

“I’m not one to post on the Rant and Rave page but I was pretty ticked off and it started this huge thing,” she says.

For more information about transporting dogs in the back of a pickup truck, visit the B.C. SPCA's website here.

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