Aurora, CO

Aurora uses scarred dog to highlight tailgate disasters

David Heitz

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A dog ejected from the back of a truck visited Aurora City Council this week.AuroraTV

A dog badly scarred due to an accident when it was unsecured in the back of a truck visited the Aurora City Council on Monday.

The dog illustrates what happens when people don't practice common sense while caring for their animals, an Aurora Animal Shelter worker said before urging the audience not to transport canines in the backs of trucks.

"We've all seen a lot of people driving with dogs in the back of their truck," she said. "We think they're enjoying the wind in their fur and the freedom of the open road but in truth it is just really dangerous to their health and well-being."

The shelter worker took the dog behind the dais to meet the council members. The friendly dog sought attention from everyone.

"Everybody who meets her remarks on how sweet she is and then asks what happened," she said.

Dog in danger, tethered or not

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"Blue" will be ready for adoption soon from the Aurora Animal Shelter.AuroraTV

She explained that the dog named Blue "was not a case of intended harm, but she is a case of what happens when dogs are loose and untethered in the back of a truck."

Dogs are unpredictable and can jump out of trucks. If drivers suddenly stop or turn, they could throw dogs from the trucks. When tethered dogs get ejected, "they could be left hanging and helpless."

She said dogs experience other hazards in the backs of the trucks, too. The truck bed can become too hot for a dog's paws when the sun is blazing. She said the debris flying through the polluted air is hazardous.

"We are really lucky that Blue survived what she went through, and we had the opportunity to get her all healed up."

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