SACRAMENTO — Dogs riding in the back of pickup trucks would have to be tethered or caged under a bill approved Monday by the state Assembly.
By a vote of 45 to 21, the lower house sent the measure by Assemblyman Jack O'Connell (D-Carpinteria) to the Senate.
The bill would prohibit drivers from transporting animals in the open bed of a pickup unless the space is enclosed, the sides are at least 46 inches high, the animal is cross-tethered to the truck or the animal is in a cage or other secured container.
Livestock and working dogs used by ranchers or farmers would be exempt from the bill.
Violation of the law would bring a maximum fine of $50 to $100 for a first offense, $75 to $200 for a second offense and $100 to $250 for a third.