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Coopersville veterinarian encourages dog owners to buy pet harnesses for cars

Coopersville veterinarian encourages dog owners to buy pet harnesses for cars

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's not the law, but some dog owners are using pet seat belts to keep their animals safe when riding in a vehicle.

The harnesses come in a variety of sizes, are available at many stores, and attach to the seat belt installed in the car.

Coopersville veterinarian Amy Bennett says she started using a dog seat belt after seeing so many pets injured in crashes.

"In the course of a week, we had two dogs that had been in automobile accidents with their owners and one wound up breaking its neck," says Dr. Bennett. "The other one broke its back and, as a result, they were both euthanized.

"I thought I don't want that to be my dog. My dog is part of my family, so we got this little harness."

Dr. Bennett says the harness not only keeps the dog safe, but also prevents it from moving around and distracting or interfering with the driver.