Transporting dogs in utes is common in Queensland but comes with dangers and legal obligations many owners are not aware of. Lack of restraints and hot conditions can quickly lead to a very bad situation for a dog in the back of a moving vehicle. Dogs can be severely injured or killed after jumping out, falling out or being pushed out by tree branches or loose items in the tray.
Under Queensland Animal Care and Protection laws, any person in charge of an animal has a duty to maintain the animal’s welfare before, during and after transport. This responsibility is shared by all people in charge of animals, not just the animal’s owner.