Safely restrain pets with the PupSaver - New York News

Safely restrain pets with the PupSaver

Posted: Updated:
CUMMING, Ga. -

Most people treat their dogs just like their children. However, when it comes to dog safety in the vehicle, many drivers are buckling the children up but not safely restraining their pets.

Crash testing is helping to make products on the market better and one Forsyth County family is also working to keep small dogs safe.

14 year old Henry, the Cockapoo loves car rides. "We try to drive a little more cautiously when he's in the car," says Jeanne Dobras. Dobras will be the first to admit though, while her family treats Henry like a child, they don't restrain him in the car.

"We love our kids and we love our dogs but we don't really take care of our dogs the way we take care of our babies," she adds.

Veterinarian Dr. Marcus Smith has seen dogs with anything from bumps and bruises to broken limbs and spinal injuries from car wrecks. "They're part of the family, they're cute and cuddly...you want them to be right next to you, but for safety purposes...it's just not the best thing," he explains.

Dr. Smith says crash testing restraints is a recent step in the right direction. In 2013, The Center for Pet Safety found that only one harness they tested passed their crash test.

Dr. Smith says part of the problem, is the length of the tether. "You're never going to create a human-caliber car seat, per say, but at least we're stopping our guys from going all over the car and in the event of an accident."

Ray Bennett was unhappy with the products on the market and tired of his small dog being put in harms way. "We have an obligation to take care of them," says Bennett.

So with the help of engineers in the car industry and at Georgia Tech, this Forsyth County family designed The Pupsaver--a rear facing car seat for small dogs.

"If you think about a 30 pound bowling ball flying through your car in an accident, that's the kind of thing that can happen if you're not restraining your dog," explains Ashleigh Bennett, Ray's daughter and the V.P. of Sales for Pupsaver.

It took years of hard work, multiple designs and prototypes, but The Pupsaver is now also crash test approved by the same company that tests child car seats.

"Our company's mission is to save as many small dogs lives as possible and that's what we're really trying to do," Ashleigh adds.

The seat works to protect and absorb in the event of a crash, and Dr. Smith likes what he sees. "The actual pod I would say, that they're sitting in is staying stable and then the tether keeps them from going anywhere so it looks promising," Dr. Smith states.

Keep in mind, dogs can be a huge distraction when you're behind the wheel. Some states will even right you a distracted driving ticket for having your dog in your lap. A few states will even pull you over if your dog is not properly restrained.

The Pupsaver is working on a product for medium sized dogs.

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Good Day Atlanta

    Recipes: A healthy take on Southern favorites

    Recipes: A healthy take on Southern favorites

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:39:34 GMT
    We challenged chef Curtis Aikens to lighten up two Southern classics, starting with sweet potato pie.Which usually involves a couple of sticks of butter, loads of sugar and buttermilk.
    We challenged chef Curtis Aikens to lighten up two Southern classics, starting with sweet potato pie.Which usually involves a couple of sticks of butter, loads of sugar and buttermilk.
  • FOX Comedies Return To Tuesday Night

    FOX Comedies Return To Tuesday Night

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:36 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:36:32 GMT
     Two of the hottest comedies on FOX return Tuesday night, so get ready for some new laughs with old friends!   First up, "New Girl" is
    Two of the hottest comedies on FOX return Tuesday night, so get ready for some new laughs with old friends! First up, "New Girl" is back for a fourth season, and cast members say expect a bit of a "reboot" of the series. What does that mean? Star H
  • Get Ready To "Rock" At Johns Creek Music School

    Get Ready To "Rock" At Johns Creek Music School

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:01 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:01:43 GMT
    It's a unique music school where kids jam out to The Beatles and Green Day, and learning to play an instrument also means learning to play with others.
     It's a unique music school where kids jam out to The Beatles and Green Day, and learning to play an instrument also means learning to play with others. There are nearly 150 School of Rock locations around the world, and now there's one in Johns Creek.
  • Katie Beasley's storiesMore>>

  • Good Day Atlanta

    Study: Fewer teens getting their driver's license

    Study: Fewer teens getting their driver's license

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:48:27 GMT
    Fewer teenage drivers are eager to get behind the wheel. AAA's research shows less than half of teenagers are getting their license in the first year they're eligible.
    Fewer teenage drivers are eager to get behind the wheel. AAA's research shows less than half of teenagers are getting their license in the first year they're eligible.
  • SKYFOX Traffic

    Tips for navigating around Georgia Dome traffic

    Tips for navigating around Georgia Dome traffic

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:16 AM EDT2014-08-21 13:16:27 GMT
    For the next three years, if you plan to be anywhere near the Georgia Dome, expect delays and plan ahead. That's the word from officials as we head into fall, the Dome's busiest time of the year.
    For the next three years, if you plan to be anywhere near the Georgia Dome, expect delays and plan ahead. That's the word from officials as we head into fall, the Dome's busiest time of the year.
  • SKYFOX Traffic

    Small windshield crack could cause big problems

    Small windshield crack could cause big problems

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:18 AM EDT2014-08-14 13:18:04 GMT
    It's one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. We're not talking about tires or your steering wheel, we're talking about your windshield.
    It's one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. We're not talking about tires or your steering wheel, we're talking about your windshield.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices