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Bark Buckle UP Orange County Sheriffs Department Press Conference

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Uploaded on Feb 16, 2009

ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT ADVOCATES IMPROVED PET SAFETY IN VEHICLES: Bark Buckle UP Recommends Better Pet Safeguards The Message is Buckle UP Your Pet and Save Lives SANTA ANA, Calif., (November 12, 2008) - According to national safety statistics the number of pets traveling in vehicles is now at an all-time high. Because most animals travel unrestrained, the corresponding risk to vehicle occupants, pets and first responders called to an accident site is of growing concern. The Orange County Sheriffs Department today hosted regional public service agencies, animal control specialists and pet travel safety expert Christina Selter to draw attention to a growing safety concerns. Our responsibility as first responders is to promptly answer any vehicle accident and coordinate required medical needs and traffic control. The Sheriffs Department joins with other first response agencies in sharing the concerns over unrestrained pets traveling in vehicles. Any time lost in the caring of accident victims because of the need to deal with a frightened or injured animal can and should be avoided, said Jim Amormino, Public Information Officer Orange County Sheriffs Department. Bark Buckle UP, leader for pet travel safety, and the OCSD convened a media outreach at OCSDs Training Facility in Orange, today. The event focused on the problem of unrestrained animals traveling in moving vehicles and offered a variety of available pet safety solutions capable of safeguarding animals, owners and others should an accident occur. Because more pets now travel with their owners there is a genuine risk to vehicle occupants and others should an accident occur. For first responders called to render aid the challenge of securing a frightened or injured animal before treating victims can be of equal concern. The OCSD is taking a lead position by recommending that pet owners use safety products designed to safeguard their animal and others at all times.

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