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04/09/2016, 13:00

Don't let your dog sit on your lap while driving

Police say don't drive with pets on lap after airbag leaves dog in critical condition

No reported injuries from drivers or human passengers in car accident but dog suffered internal injuries

Nanaimo RCMP are warning drivers not to let pets sit on their laps after a small dog suffered life-threatening injuries in an accident Thursday afternoon.

In a statement released Friday, police said the dog was riding on the lap of the driver of a Toyota Tundra truck when it collided with a Ford Ranger at the intersection of Wilgress and Northfield Road.

There were no reported injuries sustained by the drivers or human passengers involved in the collision, but RCMP said the dog suffered severe internal injuries when the Toyota Tundra's airbag deployed.

"Pets should never be allowed to sit on drivers' laps," said Nanaimo RCMP Const. Gary O'Brien. "It can lead to the driver becoming distracted and puts the animal in harm's way."

RCMP said the driver of the Toyota truck didn't yield when turning onto Northfield Road and was issued a ticket for failing to yield after a stop.

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