AN insurance company last night announced plans to give away seatbelts for dogs to people who signed up with its car insurance policy before next month.

Paul O'Gorman, group director at Quoteline Direct, who is launching the doggy direct scheme, said: "The days of dogs enjoying fresh air whistling past them as they stick their head out of a moving car's window are coming to an end."

The company said the doggy seatbelts were in line with the Government and animal charity advice urging people to secure their pets in cars.