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The Isanti County, Minnesota Sheriff’s Department has allowed a dangerous precedent to be set.
When the photo of a man driving a pick-up truck while walking his dog alongside went viral this weekend, local authorities investigated, but say they found no issue.
In fact, it is perfectly legal in Minnesota to walk a dog using a motor vehicle.
Katie Spychalla Bunes snapped the photo on Isanti County Road 20 on Saturday afternoon before confronting the driver.
“I asked if she was a stray and he said, ‘No she is not.’ I said, ‘is that your dog’ and he said, ‘Yes, she ran away,'” Bunes explained to KARE 11.
When Bunes posted the photo to Facebook, the image quickly went viral, with hundreds of concerned dog lovers angry and concerned for the dog’s safety.
When Isanti County Police investigated they found that the dog’s owner, who wished to remain anonymous, had been “walking” his 10-year old Australian Cattle/Lab mix, Blue, this same way for the last 5 years with no incident. He explained that the pair travel at about 5 miles per hour and that Blue loves it.
The dog’s owner is in his late 60’s and says he can’t keep up with his dog on foot.
The man will continue exercising his dog alongside his truck as he has done for the last 5 years.
Do you think he’s set a dangerous precedent? Will other dog owners follow suit, seeing that it’s perfectly legal to walk a dog in this manner? Do you think it should be illegal?
Weigh in with a comment below!