That dog-on-car meme could turn tragic - Albuquerque Journal

That dog-on-car meme could turn tragic

IT’S NOT OK TO LET YOUR DOG CAR SURF: Dave emails, “There is a woman in the little New Mexico town I live in (TorC) that drives around town in a little green convertible sports car, top down. She has a large white dog that rides on the trunk of the car, standing up as though on a skateboard.

“The police chief has told my wife, who has complained to him several times, that there are no existing laws that apply and that he can do nothing about it. She suggested reckless or careless driving, certainly animal endangerment. He says not.”

And so Dave asks, “Do you have any knowledge of this sort of a situation or know of anyone I could contact that might help? I just doubt if this would be tolerated in Albuquerque and figure there must be some applicable law.”

We turn to Jessica Johnson, the chief legislative officer of Animal Protection of New Mexico and Animal Protection Voters. She says that while “there’s no state law dictating how dogs must be constrained in moving vehicles per se … several localities have local ordinances addressing animal transportation.”

“Our cruelty case manager said, off the top of his head, the following municipalities and counties have ordinances addressing this issue: Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Corrales, Farmington, Los Lunas, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and the counties of Bernalillo, San Miguel, Santa Fe and Valencia.”

And Johnson goes on to explain that although “Sierra County doesn’t have an ordinance, just a memorandum of understanding with TorC Animal Control to enforce in the county on request, the TorC ordinance does address when/why Animal Control could take action re: animals in vehicles.”

And it includes (emphasis added):

From definitions: Emergency measures means any action taken by animal control or its designated agents to preserve the health and life of an animal, including but not limited to entering vehicles or premises, with probable cause, and impounding an animal to prevent present or imminent suffering.

From Care and Maintenance section: Shade. Any owner of an animal shall provide the animal with access to shade not to be inclusive of shelter or to carry any animal in or upon any vehicle in a cruel or inhumane manner.

BE PATIENT THIS SUMMER IF YOU’RE HEADED WEST: That message comes from Patti Watson, who’s handling information on Interstate 40 projects to rebuild “roadway and bridges that were built decades ago and are badly in need of repair for safety reasons.”

A news release says the interstate is down to one lane in each direction in these sections, causing backups:

• From mile marker 119.8 to mile marker 120.8, about six miles east of Laguna and 12 miles west of the Bernalillo County/Cibola County line.

• From mile marker 37.6 to mile marker 42.8, at Exit 39, about 18.7 miles east of Gallup, north of Jamestown.

• At Manuelito Canyon about four miles east of the New Mexico/Arizona state line.

Drivers are encouraged to travel before 2 p.m., if possible, watch for slow-moving commercial vehicles and traffic signs in the construction zone, and allow extra time to reach their destination.

MORE FREE CAR-SEAT CHECKUPS: Are scheduled this month courtesy of t he New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Division and Safer New Mexico Now. They point out in a news release: “According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the proper use of a child safety seat reduces the risk of death among infants by 71% and 53% for older children. In order for a safety seat to be effective, it should fit the child, the vehicle and be used consistently and correctly.”

Have yours checked for free – bring the car, the seat and the child to:

• Albuquerque Fire Station No. 14, 9810 Eucariz SW, from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18.

• Artesia Fire Station No. 2, 309 North Seventh St., from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 20.

• Las Cruces Farm Bureau Financial Services, 2220 North Telshor Blvd., from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20.

• Farmington Fire Station No. 2, 3800 English Road, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 20.

• Santa Fe Kohl’s, 4401 Cerrillos Road, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 26.

For more information, go to or make an appointment by calling l-800-231-6145 or 505-856-6143.

Editorial page editor D’Val Westphal tackles commuter issues for the Metro area on Mondays. Reach her at 823-3858;; or 7777 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque, N.M., 87109.

Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email

Nativo Sponsored Content

taboola desktop


Report: Tax revenue from oil, gas hits record high
ABQnews Seeker
The oil and gas industry injected ... The oil and gas industry injected nearly $5.3 billion into the budgets of New Mexico and local governments in the last fiscal year — ...
'Rust' supplier may have mistakenly provided live rounds
ABQnews Seeker
Investigation by the Santa Fe County ... Investigation by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has centered around how live ammunition got onto the set and where it came from
House, Lobos keep Aggies in the dark
ABQnews Seeker
Jaelen House scored 31 points and ... Jaelen House scored 31 points and the UNM Lobos hit 12 of 14 free throws in the final 1:53 to ice a 101-94 rivalry ...
Emptying the Notebook: Lobos light up scoreboard in win ...
ABQnews Seeker
Here are some notes, quotes, odds ... Here are some notes, quotes, odds & ends and whatever else I could empty out of the old notebook after UNM's 101-94 win over ...
Henry's tree to be lit for the last time ...
ABQnews Seeker
But, even when the lights go ... But, even when the lights go dark, it will always be time to remember Henry Aceves, the man who saved Christmas
Snowboarder killed at Sipapu worked in Presbyterian ER
ABQnews Seeker
28-year-old trying sport for first time ... 28-year-old trying sport for first time apparently hit a tree
Ancient juniper trees cut illegally in New Mexico monument
ABQnews Seeker
Alligator junipers, which have unique bark, ... Alligator junipers, which have unique bark, can live up to 500 years, even in harsh conditions
Trial starts for suspect in uncle's shooting death
ABQnews Seeker
Prosecutor disputes claim of self-defense as ... Prosecutor disputes claim of self-defense as 2020 security video reviewed
NM middle school bans flags as capes
ABQnews Seeker
Popular trend barred after student honored ... Popular trend barred after student honored Confederacy on campus