Yellowknife City Council is considering several changes to its by-law about dogs, and one of the proposals is to make it illegal to have dogs loose in the back of pick-up trucks.

It’s one of the contentious issues surrounding the possible changes to the city’s by-law.

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City Hall in Yellowknife is considering a number of changes to its dog bylaw, including whether to make it illegal to have dogs loose in the back of pickup trucks. (CBC)

Many people think it’s safer to leave their dog loose in the cargo part of their pick-up truck, saying the animals can jump out if needed.

The Northwest Territories’ SPCA said that’s not safe. Dana Martin, a volunteer with the SPCA, said using some kind of tether is much safer.

She said it should be long enough so that the dog can stand up and sit down, without being able to jump or fall over the edge.

"In one of the communities, we had arranged for a dog to come to us. [While] on transport from wherever it was to where it was going, the person had picked him up and put him in the back of the vehicle, tied him, and I don't know how it happened, but it happened — the dog fell out of the back of the truck.

"We ended up having to put that dog down because he was neurologically — he basically was hung," she said.

The draft by-law says dogs must be securely tethered while travelling in the cargo part of a pick-up truck, and that it must be tied in a way that the dog can’t jump or be thrown from the vehicle.

City Council is reviewing all the feedback on the draft by-law. It plans to present a potentially revised version in June.