Pet's horror injuries in car rollover prompts vet warning
A PET dog horrifically injured in a car rollover had to have her entire forequarter amputated.
This hasprompted local vets to remind dog owners of the potential consequences of not strapping in our beloved pets.
Vets at the Lismore Vet Clinic who operated on the dog, named Indy, believe it came outside of the vehicle during the crash as she was thrown about the cabin, and was subsequently crushed between the car and the road on impact.
Indy sustained multiple fractures in her right foreleg, massive soft tissue trauma, nerve damage and the damage was so great vets had no choice but to amputate her entire forequarter.
The incident is not just a tragedy for Indi and her owners, but also potentially carries very serious penalties.
Since 2009 legislationallows police to fine motorists for having an unsecured pet on their lap or preventing them from having proper control of the car.
Currently the penalty is three demerit points and a $425 fine, or more in a school zone.
The once proud Aussie tradition of carrying dogs untethered on the back of a ute will also now cost the owner a $500 fine.
Worse still, if an animal was injured because it was unrestrained, owners can face up to six months' jail and fines of up to $5500 under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
These penalties may come as a shock to innocent pet owners who believed there was never a problem with having our pets ride with us freely in the car - but with the booming pet product market at the fingertips of every 21st century pet owner, there are now plenty of options to secure our pets.
The Lismore Vet Clinic sells simple car restraint devices for dogs for around $20 which provide a harness for the dog which attaches to a seatbelt.
Lismore Petbarn sells a range of similar products, with harnesses ranging from $15 for the smallest and cheapest up to $63 for a large harness in the Ezydog brand.
Staff member Ross Thatcher said there had been a definite increase of pet owners buying the products in the last 12 months: "People are very aware now that dogs are meant to be restrained in the car."
Petbarn recommends the Ezydog range, while it also stocks the NRMA-recommended Roadie harness for $58.
The store also sells seatbelt adaptors which attach to an existing dog harness from $14 up to $28.
It's worth noting that allowing your pet to travel in the front seat is a no-no, even with a harness, because the airbags can be fatal in the event of a collision.
Fortunately the future is still bright for Indy despite her injury, according to a Facebook update by the Lismore Vet Clinic: "Luckily for Indy dogs do really well on 3 legs and believe it or not she was very bright and running around on 3 legs the day after surgery."