Michigan State Police responded to a rollover accident in Roscommon County that they say was caused by a dog.

Troopers were sent to I-75, near mile marker 234, on Dec. 23.

MSP said a 54-year-old driver lost control and rolled her vehicle when her German shepherd jumped on the dashboard to bark at the windshield wipers.

A passenger sustained minor injuries. The driver and the dog are in good condition.

Police are advising drivers to make sure their pets are properly crated and restrained while in a vehicle to make sure something like this does not happen.

Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser said he doesn't see accidents caused by dogs often, but wants people to remember if any accident happens anyone, including pets, who are not restrained could be seriously injured or killed.

Jeremy Snelenberger said he has two dogs, a chihuahua and a boxer, and he has not set rules for how they ride in the car.

"Chihuahuas in my lap and the boxer is beside me," he said.

He said he has heard about pet restraints - or pet safety belts - that have become more popular in recent years, but he said he would never use them on his pets.

"They probably wouldn't like it," Snelenberger said.

As for the law, Kaiser said there are none in the state of Michigan pertaining to how dogs can ride inside their owner's vehicle.

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