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Posted on 05/30/2013 9:14:20 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
Two Pennsylvania parents have been arrested after police say motorists spied a 10-year-old girl riding in a dog cage in the back of the family pickup truck.
The incident happened at around 7pm Monday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Millvale, just outside Pittsburgh, according to police.
Officers responded to the scene after getting reports from passing driver who saw the girl riding in the back of the truck in the cage.
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"I feel your pain, kid."
Maybe she wanted to ride with her pet? What’s wrong with that?
I’d rather travel with a dog than most humans.
I feel fortunate that I experienced childhood and adolescence in the happy days before political correctness—before things like riding in the beds of pickup trucks, stake-bed trucks and station wagons became felonies.
If Obama had a daughter...
People probably worried she was a kidnap victim or a domestic slave or something. They can’t tell that it’s her parent(s) driving.
If she is unharmed and all that, I assume they won’t be charged. Except for perhaps the seatbelt violation.
If I saw a kid in the back of a car in a dog cage I’d be tempted to call. It’s not very normal. I’d worry about whether I saw something terrible and did nothing.
...that dog would be REALLY worried.
That was my first thought. At that age, kids would think something like that is just awesome.
Agreed, but I’m thinking that the dog part wasn’t the issue. ;^)
But back to the topic, it's not that she was in a cage with her dog in the back of a truck that would concern me, but that she was in the cage in the back of a truck traveling on a turnpike.
Traveling down a two lane or dirt road at 35 MPH or less...no real big issue. Not wise, but not necessarily inherently dangerous or against the law.
I'm not sure what the vehicle safety laws are in PA regarding passengers riding in open pickup truck beds, but here in Florida, it is very much “against the law”, not to mention insane, to transport live humans, unsecured, in the back of a truck while traveling at legal speeds of 70 MPHs on our turnpikes and highways.
“Hey, that kid’s in a dog cage.”
The news I saw on television, which included an interview with her parents stated the girl had been removed from the home by Child Protective Services, and the child was staying with relatives.
During an interview, Fishinger, who was driving the truck, said they were heading home when the dog started crying, they did not have place in the pick-up truck cabin to take the dog in, so they stopped at the side of the road and told the 10-year-old to go into the cage and take care of the dog.
The man sounds like an animal lover who does not want his dog to suffer, but in this case, he put his dog before his step-daughter, and that is not ok, Kevin Allen, 24, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, told YourJewishNews.com when asked for his opinion on the incident.
I did not want the dog to suffer, Fishinger said. Thats like animal cruelty to me, you know, to let the dog cry like that, he added.
She plays with the dog in the cage all the time. She was strapped in, I did not think it was that big of a deal and we were not going fast, the mother said.
The child endangerment rap against Fishinger was his second felony collar in recent days, according to court records. He was named last Thursday in a criminal complaint charging him with 18 counts of identity theft and access device fraud (15 of the counts are felonies). He was freed from custody Friday after posting $5000 bail.
Sounds like dad is guilty of bad judgement.
Do we know what kind of a dog it is?
Heaven forbid it is a pit bull...that would do it right there for many.
Lots of conflicting info out there:
**They were released on their own recognizance and the girl is currently in the care of Carlsons mother.**
OMg, was Romney driving?
Just burn your BC and ID and speak Spanish. You can do that all day then.
Yeah, those were the days!!! An old pick up truck with gramps and a few of his pals up front driving, (and knocking back the belts!!), to a way out in the sticks county dump, 2 or 3 of us kiddies in the back bed with the garbage cans AND our .22 Rifles held proud as we dreamed about those damn ‘dump rats’ that were gonna be ‘red mist’ very shortly!! Those truly were the days huh?
Probably give a better interview than the parents, too.
*shrug* Only so many column-inches per story.
I remember riding around in the back of a truck with at least ten other people including adults one July4th. The adults were shooting bottle rockets from the back of the truck. These were upstanding citizens who were well off financially, attended church every time the doors were open, and just normal people. I would not even call them rednecks. Well, some of them. This was in the 80s. I was unaware at the time that there were places loaded with nanny-staters who would have wanted us arrested. I confess that my parents did not know what I was doing though my mother trusted that I would be ok with these people. My father trusted no one, so he would have had a cow. LOL. Good thing he never knew! It was illegal to shoot fireworks in the city. In general, the cops looked the other way unless there were complaints.
And if it was raining hard...they’d put you up front, to sit on their lap, or even stand if your chin could reach over the dashboard....all the while smokin’ Camels.
Maybe if they stopped some where along the way, to get ammo, more beer or smokes, they left you in the truck [w/the motor running]...and one of the more bold of the kids, slid behind the steering wheel *pretending* to drive.
Hmmmmmmmm... is there a statute of limitations on this stuff? How did we ever survive.
[[Except for perhaps the seatbelt violation.]]
Thank goodness they got htese hardened criminal seal belt violators off gthe roads- who knows what they mighta tried next?
My first thoughts
Or headed out to the river to spend most of the day drowning worms at the end of a fishing pole.
Considering how bad Pennsylvania's roads are, one good bump, and that cage would have flown out of the back.
I've seen it happen. Had a large shipping container strapped to a pallet jump out of the back of a pickup and land right in front of me on I-78. The moron who was driving the pickup went another mile before he realized something was missing.
It’s probably not a *great* idea to put your kid in the bed of a pickup in *any* sort of carrier, or none at all.
But I bet she was enjoying the heck out of it. I bet she *begged* to ride back there with the dog!
Brings back memories... I pity kids today. They have the latest smart devices to play games on, but I bet the vast majority have never experienced the simple pleasure of riding in the back of a pickup.
Jewish news is different than goyim news? Oy vey!
The Chosen News. For youse to views.
I’m trying to figure out where the PA turnpike goes through Millvale.
Is I-279 the PA turnpike?
[I can’t believe I looked this up for you]
PA Turnpike is route 76.
Unless there is another Millvale, someone has good eyes.
“Thank goodness they got htese hardened criminal seal belt violators off gthe roads- who knows what they mighta tried next?”
I am not a fan of seatbelt laws. I was just pointing out that if they realize the kid is not a kidnap victim or abused, they should not be in any more trouble than a seat belt violation.
I am loathe to turn anyone in to CPS - I’d have to be convinced of horrific abuse before I did - however seeing a girl driven past me in a dog kennel would worry me, really. I’d always wonder, what if she was some sort of prisoner, and I saw and did nothing?
The parents never thought of this, how it would look to drivers-by?
Oh, NOW i get the Romney comments...
Reminds me of a joke: Three fellas were leaving their favorite backroads tavern, one of them very drunk and the other two mostly so. "Let's help him into the back of the pickem'up truck, Bubba" said Slim. Slim replied "He's too drunk and he might fall out and get hurt. Let him drive!"
I remember a PSA on a children's radio show when I was a sprout. "Don't stick your elbow out too far, or it might go home in another car!"
Driving to work on Monday, at 50MPH on a local 4 lane highway, one of the doors of the trailer in front of me suddenly opened, and I was staring at a precarious load of empty pallets...
Since I am one of those very annoying safe drivers who is paranoid about things like safe vehicle separation, and braking distances, the semi driver was able to slow down safely and slowly enough that the pallets didn't actually hit the pavement untill he had fully pulled off to the shoulder, and stopped.
(The left lane vehicles kept on going at high speed, untill another semi truck driver came level with me in my tiny little car, saw the danger of the trailor door swinging open and closed, and the unsecured load shifting, and we two “inconsiderate jerks” intentionally slowed up two lanes of traffic for almost one full entire minute!)
I hate driving!
Not because I can't do it properly, but because so many others don't even try to pay attention to what they are doing when they drive!
BTW, I drove on the Autobahn in Germany several decades ago, and drove away physically unharmed, my vehicle unscratched, after an uncontrolled skid caused by an idiot overreacting to an accident up ahead, at 90 MPH, on a wet road, and endured the unmatched thrill of several consecutive 180 degree spins on a high bridge.
If I ever win the lotto, one of the first people I will employ is a proffessional driver, and my vehicle will be the closest thing to an Army tank that I can legally have my driver, drive! I have to laugh at all the people on this thread talking about the good old days, when they were kids, and rode in the back of trucks and just had fun. My kid experienced that joy too! Bumpy ride in the back of a truck at about 15 MPHs on a deserted road. All the kids thought they were flying free down the road!