posted on Aug, 3 2012 @ 06:09 PM
Yes, a law enforcement officer can remove an animal from a vehicle, and yes, your dog could be in danger. If you are ever in this situation, be as
courteous and polite as possible and explain the dog is protective.Try to stay calm, your worry over your dog may make you seem suspicious. If the dog
has to be removed from the car because you are going away in handcuffs or have consented to a search of your vehicle, ask if you can do it or if an
animal officer can do it (some counties and states may not have this option). The officer may not let you near your dog because he/she may be worried
you will use it like a weapon (common problem).
Check out dog training classes- they are inexpensive and a few weeks of intensive training could give you lifelong peace of mind and trust in your
dog's behavior. Consider a dog seat belt- this will keep him controlled in the car. No matter how well behaved the dog, a police stop is always
dangerous for animals because if the officer is unfamiliar with animals even innocent behavior can have tragic results.
Statistically, unless you regularly violate driving laws, you are more likely to have a car accident than get pulled over. Your dog is also in danger
in that scenario, especially if you are incapacitated. Think about getting the dog microchipped and get readable dog tags that have more than just
your number on them.