Driver in doghouse after walking pet while in car

A 23-year-old English man was arrested for walking his dog from his car window


Associated Press
March 2, 2010 8:16PM (UTC)

An English dog-owner has been fined after taking his pet for a stroll while driving next to him in his car.

Prosecutors said Paul Railton was spotted driving at low speed along a country lane in December, holding his dog's leash through the car window as the animal trotted alongside.

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Railton pleaded guilty Monday to not being in proper control of a vehicle. His lawyer, Paul Donoghue, said 23-year-old Railton acknowledged "it was a silly thing to do and there was an element of laziness."

Railton was ordered by magistrates in Consett, northeast England, to pay a 66 pound ($100) fine, plus costs.

He also received three penalty points on his license and, due to existing points, is now barred from driving for six months.

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