Rep. Hurley defends holding dog out of moving car

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A state lawmaker is hitting back at critics of a YouTube video she posted of her dog being held out of the window of a moving car.

Freshman Rep. Julia Hurley said in a Tuesday interview in her legislative office in Nashville that her Chinese crested named Pepper enjoys being held out into the wind.

The Lenoir City Republican said people who complained about the video should explain why they don't have a similar reaction about other unrestrained dogs in the beds of pickup trucks or leaning out windows.

Hurley's brief video titled "Pepper Air Swims" was pulled from YouTube after two days. Hurley said Tuesday she removed the video because she "didn't want to deal with" criticism she calls politically motivated.

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