Someone posted to the Milwaukee Subreddit a video of a dog owner walking his/her dog on Watertown Plank Road using a modern convenience known as a minivan. This all happened sometime this weekend (with Reddit being alerted early this morning), and the response by commenters has been both swift and damning. “That is so heinous,” says one who followed a popular line of reasoning. “Someone leash that jerk outside of the car and start driving.”
Another user sort of stuck up for the driver, and said, “I might know who this is … Older guy who can’t really walk anymore who still wants his dog to have outside time. I’m not saying it’s okay or even remotely safe.” Said older guy has also been spotted driving the gravel roads at the County Grounds “while his dog walked around off-leash.” In other words, chasing the car, but for exercise.
Greyhounds (which this dog is not) top out at around 45 m.p.h., and that’s in a sprint. According to this highly scientific page at Ask.com, dogs average about 19 m.p.h., a speed that’s easy to exceed in a minivan, especially if you’re cruising along with a frosted vanilla long john, some gas station coffee, and “Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know” on the radio.
In 2011, A Boulder, Colo., yoga instructor and acupuncturist wound up behind bars after using her car to run her little chihuahua down a city street at 10-15 m.p.h., about as fast as his legs could handle. Disgusted onlookers called the cops, who booked the woman “on suspicion of animal cruelty and felony menacing.”