Nicole Hubbard at work in Oconee County say she spotted the dog in southeast South Carolina. (Aug. 14, 2013/FOX Carolina)
SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A picture of a dog being pulled in a crate, on a trailer, behind an SUV, on the interstate has caught a lot of attention on social media.
The woman who posted the photo is an animal control officer from the Upstate, who spotted the car on her way back from vacation this past weekend.
Nicole Hubbard said she's seen her share of animal cruelty as an officer in Oconee County for the last two years. She said when she saw the pup in the crate behind the SUV, she got concerned.
"I was shocked. The luggage rack that the dog was on, had no luggage on it. So my thought process was, ‘well why couldn't you trade the luggage that's inside the vehicle, for the dog that's inside of the vehicle,'" said Hubbard.
She had been driving home from vacation in Florida on Saturday. She said she pulled behind the car when she got into Georgia and followed it on Interstate 95, for more than an hour and a half, all the way into South Carolina.
She said she called Highway Patrol and they waited at a Jasper County exit to pull over the SUV.
Hubbard said she kept driving. She didn't know what came of the stop, but she said if they had been in her jurisdiction, of Oconee County, she would have written them a citation for animal neglect.
Highway Patrol spokespeople said that no citations were given because the responding trooper and another officer from Ridgeland Police said the dog got out of its cage, and was running around, drinking water and was healthy. They saw no reason to punish its owners.
"I'm sure there are plenty of animal rights groups that would not agree with that, it's certainly probably not the safest place for your pet to be, but there is no law for that. If somebody chooses to do that, they are allowed to do that," said Cpl. Bill Rhyne, with South Carolina's Highway Patrol.
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