Full Statute Name:  Maine Revised Statutes Annotated. Title 29-a. Motor Vehicles. Chapter 19. Operation. Subchapter 1. Rules of the Road. § 2087. Transporting dogs in open vehicle regulated

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Primary Citation:  29-A M. R. S. A. § 2087 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  March, 2019 Alternate Citation:  ME ST T. 29-A § 2087 Date Adopted:  1999
Summary: This Maine law regulates the transporting of dogs in open vehicles (like pick-up trucks or convertibles). Under the law, a person driving an open vehicle may not transport a dog in the open portion of that vehicle on a public way unless the dog is protected in a manner that prevents the dog from falling or jumping or being thrown from the vehicle. The law excludes transportation of a dog by a farmer engaged in agricultural activities involving the dog or a hunting dog that is between transported between hunting sites by a licensed hunter.

Transporting dogs in an open vehicle is governed by this section.

1. Definition. For the purposes of this section, “open vehicle” means a motor vehicle with a portion of the vehicle not enclosed by a top and windows or sides. “Open vehicle” includes, but is not limited to, pickup trucks and convertibles.

2. Restrictions. A person driving an open vehicle may not transport a dog in the open portion of that vehicle on a public way unless the dog is protected in a manner that prevents the dog from falling or jumping or being thrown from the vehicle.

3. Exceptions. Notwithstanding subsection 2, this section does not apply to:

A. A dog being transported by a farmer or a farm employee who is engaged in agricultural activities requiring the services of a dog; or

B. A hunting dog at a hunting site or being transported between hunting sites by a licensed hunter who is in possession of all applicable licenses and permits for the species being pursued during the legal season for that activity.

Credits
1999, c. 254, § 26; R.R.1999, c. 1, § 40, eff. Oct. 1, 1999.

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