Strapping a Dog to a Motorbike Is Not a Safe Idea

dog strapped to top of motorbike

A motorcyclist apparently found nothing wrong with strapping his Collie on top of the back of his motorbike and then riding down a London street early Wednesday evening.

Many people disagree, while others think it’s no big deal.

A concerned witness snapped a photo of the dog and notified Gloucestershire Constabulary.

“We are making further inquiries in relation to the registered driver of the vehicle and whether he has broken the law in any way,” a Gloucestershire Constabulary spokesperson said, according to BBC News. “This is not the safest way to transport a dog.”

BBC News reports that the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has also been contacted regarding the incident.

As Mashable points out,much safer options for transporting pets on motorcycles are available sale on eBay. Amazon.com also sells these pet carriers.

Yet some people don’t understand what all the fuss is about.

“Did the dog fall off or get hurt, was it scared or mistreated?” asked Simon Henly in a comment on the BBC Gloucestershire Facebook page. “Perhaps the police and RSPCA should find something else to investigate.”

Maybe the unsafe transport of dogs is a daily thing in Southeast Asia, but then, so is the dog meat trade.

Over here in the states, some people also have strange notions of “safe” ways to transport their pets. In March, photos went viral of a dog tethered to the top of a flatbed trailer as the pickup truck it was attached to sped down a highway. This dangerous mode of pet transportation is actually legal in Texas.

Photo via Facebook

Laura Goldman

I am a freelance writer and lifelong dog lover. For five years, I was a staff writer for i Love Dogs. When that site shut down, I started this blog...because I STILL Love Dogs!