Bill to ban dogs in back of pickups clears Senate panel

The state Senate Transportation Committee backed legislation that would require dogs be placed in a ventilated crate if they are in back of a truck or on a utility trailer, when on an interstate highway.

State Rep. Tom Willmott, R-Kenner, said he was attempting to prevent incidents of dogs falling or jumping from the back of moving vehicles. Violators would face a fine up to $150 for one dog and $50 for each additional dog.

The House-approved proposal, House Bill 470, which was approved without objection, heads to the full Senate.