There are plenty of dogs that love to ride in the car. Surely you've seen Fido, Spot and Ubu with their heads out the window, gloriously long hair and ears flapping in the breeze, taking in all the sights, sounds and smells of a lovely spring day.

But what if man's best friend wants to be a little more... open to the elements? Well, there are sidecars that can accommodate a four-legged friend, and, though we certainly don't condone it, we've seen a few pups in the backs of pickup trucks, as well.

At least one man and his dog, though, found a somewhat different way to travel: on two wheels. According to The Asbury Park Press, Gyula Szatmari of Tuckerton, NJ, was pulled over on his way home from work with his pet pug on his lap. He was riding a motorcycle.

The local law enforcement cited Szatmari with careless driving and the improper transportation of an animal. According to the rider, he has been riding dog-in-lap for years and the dog apparently doesn't mind... though he's been warned by the police in the past that it's not legal to ride in this manner.

We're not entirely sure what the law dictates when it comes to transporting animals, but something tells us riding a motorcycle with a pug on your lap isn't the best way to get it done. A lined crate, as seen above, might be a better option, no?


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      third3ye82
      • 3 Years Ago
      More sensationalist journalism from AB and original article... the rider was cited with "careless driving and the improper transportation of an animal", and not "charged with animal cruelty." Big difference.
      David
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't "careless driving and the improper transportation of an animal" an infraction at best, while "charged with animal cruelty" is a felony in New Jersey?
      Stephen
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've seen a dude riding a harley with a windscreen on it and a parrot sitting on the handle bars behind the windscreen. Not even kidding.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      That pug probably had the happiest drooling pug face in the world perched on the motorcycle, unlike the dog in the crate of the motorcycle on the main picture that looks miserable. Yet the guy who likely made his pug's day gets charged with animal cruelty and reckless driving. WTF? In other countries, someone would ride their motorcycle, wife sitting behind, three kids on their laps, and whatever pets, not to mention more luggage than what would fit into a city car, and all the while weaving through traffic of 1000s of other people doing the same. That person would be seriously amused reading this article.
      Art
      • 3 Years Ago
      In east Asia, this is commonplace not with just animals, but with people's own babies. For example, this pic: http://felixwong.com/photo-display/?photo=vehicles_in_vietnam06-7.JPG So half of the world would probably wonder what is the big deal...
      icon149
      • 3 Years Ago
      pug probably wasn't wearing a helmet, he should have visited this site first http://www.zoomergear.com/ and got a helmet for his dog! maybe even picked up some motorcycle safety tips http://www.dogsonbikes.com/docs/Tips/Tips.htm i think it's a great idea. been planning to ride with my Jack Russell for a while.
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've seen many dogs ride on the gas tanks of motorcycles and know that almost all of those dogs were probably thrilled to hop up on the bike and have a ride, I highly doubt any of them were there that didn't want to ride. My biggest concern isn't the riders though, it's how many stupid/ignorant car drivers interact motorcyclists, and that additional danger that it placed on the animals. For sure anyone stupid enough to do this on the freeway should be have some sort of charge against them, that's just needlessly endangering the animal. But for simple rides down the street, I honestly couldn't say, and where the line is for "quick simple rides" and "dangerous journeys" I couldn't say either. The crates are a good idea, but in the event of an accident I don't think they'd do much to prevent injury to the animal compared to an animal that rides on the lap. I'd say it''s probably for the better that these sort of laws are in effect, but I can certainly understand how some dog owners would be upset about this.
        T0pgear
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        It really boils my blood when motorcyclists pass on the shoulder, weave through traffic on the lane lines, speed...not that there aren't stupid car drivers who do the same things, but the ratios seem to lean bike heavy.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pugs are disgusting animals.
      MyerShift
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does it really matter?
      01nb
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dude.... Ara and Spirit have been riding around the country for YEARS now: http://theoasisofmysoul.com/ And then there is this guy, and his dog Duke, with a modified FJR saddle: http://dukerides.blogspot.com/ Tons of people do this, I'm not sure this was the best use of the officer's time.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Animal cruelty and the charges he was cited for are completely different things. This title reads like a Huffington Post one in how inaccurate it is.
        anonymous guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        I concur. He was not being cruel to the animal by any means.
        mythicalprogrammer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Um.. wtf are you talking about? If you click on the source and read the first sentence: "A Tuckerton man is charged with animal cruelty after he was found driving his dog around on a motorcycle in the rain on Route 18, authorities said." Animal Cruelty you lazy reading bastard.
      ravenosa
      • 3 Years Ago
      Crazy. I don't even roll my windows down more than several inches when my dog is in the car, just in case of an accident...
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