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A photo posted on Facebook over the weekend shows a dog riding in a small, open crate strapped to the back of an SUV.
The image was taken by Nicole Hubbard, an animal control officer from South Carolina, who spotted the dog carrier attached to a car driving down Interstate 95 in Georgia.
She says locking an animal inside a crate on a hot day with temperatures in the mid-90s without access to water constituted animal abuse in her jurisdiction.
The woman said that the dog, who appeared to be a white Beagle mix weighing about 20lbs, also did not have enough room in the box to move around or even turn.
The crate was tied with a bungee cord and a nylon strap, and the cargo carrier had no protective ramp. To make matters worse, the container was positioned directly behind the SUV's exhaust pipe.
Having no jurisdiction in Georgia, Hubbard decided to alert the state highway patrol and was told over the phone that an officer will be dispatched to stop the SUV.
However, it was not until Hubbard and the driver of the Dodge crossed into South Carolina more than an hour and a half later that a local highway patrol officer pulled over the SUV with the dog crate.
It is not known if the owner of the Dodge Durango was issued a fine over the treatment of the pet.
The story has drawn more than 2,500 comments, with most users expressing outrage at the unidentified SUV driver, who apparently did not care enough about the pet to place it inside the car for the long drive.
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