Driver in doghouse after walking pet while in car

Postby jcoffey917 » March 2nd, 2010, 4:54 pm

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Driver in doghouse after walking pet while in car
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LONDON (AP) — An English dog-owner has been fined after taking his pet for a stroll while driving next to him in his car. Prosecutors said Paul Railton was spotted driving at low speed along a country lane in December, holding his dog's leash through the car window as the animal trotted alongside.
Railton pleaded guilty Monday to not being in proper control of a vehicle. His lawyer, Paul Donoghue, said 23-year-old Railton acknowledged "it was a silly thing to do and there was an element of laziness" while exercising his lurcher, a type of crossbred sighthound.

Railton was ordered by magistrates in Consett, northeast England, to pay a 66 pound ($100) fine, plus costs.

He also received three more penalty points on his license and is now barred from driving for six months.

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Postby maberi » March 2nd, 2010, 5:07 pm

Interesting

I've actually seen quite a few people doing this around parks. Most of them are disabled or elderly and trying to get their dogs some exercise
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Postby iluvk9 » March 2nd, 2010, 5:47 pm

I agree that it can be dangerous. I wish they would at least FINE animal abusers here for some of the horrendous things they do.
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