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  • I'd check and see if the dog had a tag, and go from there. Notify the owner if possible.
  • I thought (could very well be wrong) that if you hit a dog you were legally obligated to contact the owner. If not, it's just courtesy. Sorry about your loss.
  • Thats awful Im so sorry! I would definitely be stopping and getting help for the dog and notifying the owner! You know there is the chance they didnt notice! dependingo n the size of your dog!
  • That's horrible and I would like to offer my sympathy. I would certainly stop to check on the dog and let the owner know what occured. I once got out of my car and used an old blanket to pick up a cat and place him on the grass of the sidewalk. The car in front of me ran over him and kept going. He was still breathing, even though he only took a few breaths and then expired. I was really hurt that the person didn't seem to give the cat a second thought.
  • Yes, this has happened to me before. I was driving home at night and one of two dogs were standing on the road. I only saw the one, and when I swerved to miss him, I accidently hit the other one who was on the side of the road. I stopped, got out of the car and went to make sure he was alright. The other dog was being very protective and growled and snapped at me everytime I got near the injured one. Luckily the injured dog was lying near the side of the road and not in the middle, so I just took off my coat and layed it over him, then called the police. The police were able to get in touch with the owners and the dog was rushed to a vet and treated for broken ribs and a broken leg, but it lived. Even though I hit the dog, the owners were extremely happy that I took the time to find help and understood that it was not my fault.
  • I know EXACTLYhow you feel. I had a Doberman and she was walking with me to the corner store & some asshole ran her down and kept on driving. I ran after him because he caught the red light and when i banged on his window to let him know what he did, he gave me the finger. I threw a big rock at his car and then went back to see if Penny was OK, but she was so mutilated that she didn't suffer at all. My condolences. Yes I would stop if I hit ANY animal.
  • Definitely. In England I'm sure it's the law that you have to stop if you hit a dog. Sorry to hear of your experience.
  • if i hit a dog with a car, i would like to stop and tell the owner etc. but these days there can be all kinds of accusations that i hit him/her on purpose and would have to pay a huge compensation bill -- it would be for that reason that i might not stop. of course the way around this is to pretend that the car in front did the hit and run and u just stopped out of kindness - unless they saw it. but if it actually happened, i would like to think i would stop -- but i would not pay any money to any one for it if i didnt hit the dog on purpose.
  • If I hit a dog, I'd definitely stop and check. After checking the animal, I would try to find the owner... If possible, I'd try to help them pay vet bills or get a new dog!
  • Yes because I would feel bad
  • yes i sure would stop! i have stopped and helped dogs that i have come across that have been hit or in fights. i have even brought animals to emergency vet services..and of course i would notify the owner.
  • I'm so sorry your dog was killed by a hit and run driver. On of my cats was killed that way some time back when we still let them outside. I would definately stop and do what I could for a hurt pet. I have stopped and taken cats that someone else hit to the vet a couple of times but they were both too badly hurt.
  • OMG that's terrible! I'm sorry for your loss. Yes, I would check on the animal and see if it's okay, and if needed get it into the car and to a vet. Sometimes there's not telling who the owner is, but if I know who the dog belongs to I will keep them updated of the situation, and try to take care of any medical fees.
  • I am so sorry for you and hope your dog didn't suffer. I would take it to the vet first and then look for the owner.
  • Thank God I have never hit a dog or cat. I would stop because I would feel so bad, I am a pet owner and I lost a cat last October.
  • Oh my. I couldn't imagine if I did that. Of course I would stop. I may have to come around the block so I can find a place to park. But that's besides the point. If the animal had a collar on I'd call the number if not the police to inform them of what happened.
  • so sorry about your dog ..so sad, if I hit a dog (or any animal) I stop and run back to see how it is I wrap a blanket(whick I carry in the boot/trunk for you yanks)around the injured animal and take it to the nearest vet ..if a domestic dog/cat is hit I then go back to where I hit it and would knock on doors untill I found the owner ..I know I would cry and would for days to come p.s. and I am 6'2" ..52y old male.... my lady and I have two dogs(15y's and 10y's old)and we feel for your loss
  • that's horrible. first of all i would lay off the weed.
  • Yes I would stop and check to see if the animal was ok and contact the owners
  • I don't even know what to say about that really. I'm sorry! I would most definitely notify you if I knew you were the owner. Otherwise, I would make every effort possible to find the owner of the dog. Again, I am so sorry.
  • I am really sorry to hear that someone would do something so cold..I would stop, take the dog to the nearest vet hospital and try to find the owners.:)
  • How awful, I am so sorry. As a dog owner myself I would definitely stop and take the dog to the nearest animal hosptal and then find the owner. I am always picking up strays and returning them to their owners or to animal control so that they are safe.
  • This happened to me, although the dog ended up ok. I was dressed up heading to work and this dog shot out of a driveway on a curve and I couldn't stop. I knew the owners(a little) stopped scooped the dog into my arms and brought it to the vet stopping by there store to get them. They were of course upset and not very nice to me but the dog ended up doing great. I paid the bills and they never spoke to me again.
  • Did this really happen? If so, I am sorry! Dogs are the best and while I have come close, knock on wood I have never hit one. I would stop and let someone know.
  • oh yes! of course. would tell its owner right away and would help him in any possible way or would atleast wait there till the the owner turned up.
  • I am so sorry!! That is horrible! As a dog owner/lover there is no way I could drive on if I accidently hit someone's animal... I would have to stop and see how badly hurt it was and if it looked like someone was home I would go to the door, & with them to the vet (if they allowed me to) if it looked like no one was there I would take the animal to the nearest vet and then go back to the home. I would only hope someone would do the same if they accidently hit my dog.
  • Oh! I'm so sorry to hear about your dog, being an animal lover myself. I would stop for any animal, and hope others would do the same for mine... Sorry, just remember your dog is in heaven now chasing butterflies. :)
  • Sorry to hear about this accident and yes I would try to locate owner, and see if dog was in need of vet care.
  • or course. that is horrible to hear. i would take the dog to the vet to see if it could be saved.
  • I did this once. I pulled back to tell the owner, but I accidentally hit the dog again & killed it. Poor ol' Yeller.
  • In New Hampshire it's the law. You need not go back for a cat but if you hit a dog, you MUST stop and go back. How they'd catch you if you didn't I don't know but it's the law anyway.
  • I am so sorry. That is just wrong to do that. I would most definitly stop to check on the dog and to try to notify the owners. It's only common decency.
  • Yes. I remember this one time someone ran over and killed two cats I had. They were playing and I guess ran across the road. This guy accidentally hit both of them at the same time. He came over to tell us and was crying about it. Why am I saying this? I don't know. Anyway, yes I would. Sorry to hear about your dog...
  • I would definately stop! That's just horrible to keep going. Some people are just heartless!
  • This happend to me, my dog slipped his collar and ran off, only to be hit. The person had no way of finding out who he belonged to. I put an add on a hometown website asking for anyone who may have known who hit my dog, or if they did please email me. I wasn't doing it to be mean, i just wanted to make sure they were ok to. Finally i got a response and the guy had told me what happened and apologized over and over again to me. If i would hit a dog i would look for a tag to see if there is any number to call. If not i would find the nearest house and knock on the door. Its hard for people who consider thier pets family to wonder where "fido" is and if he is ok. And when they find out that "fido" was hit, and noone tried to find them it makes it even harder.
  • of course id check! and while getting out of the car, dial 911
  • Honestly No. It sucks that the dog died and all but the owners should be watching their pet. Its part of the responsiblity of owning one.
  • Was this the incident with the UPS driver or is this something different?? I for one believe that all animals (except squirrels & rabbits) you be cared for with the same tenderness you might care for a family member. Although these animals are only animals, they provide us with a space to live. Given that they were on the earth before we were I think that we owe it to them to take care of the in anyway possible. And yes I would stop and I would do anything possible to deal with what I had done.
  • That's awful...you poor thing. I would absolutely stop and make sure the dog received the care it needed and I would notify the owners. I would be bawling my eyes out the entire time, though.
  • I would go to the house and find out why the mutt was running loose!
  • Absolutely! Regardless I would attempt to locate the owners whether the dog was hit and killed or hit and injured. Even if I wasn't the one who hit and injured a dog (Now this would fall into the "hit and run" scenario") I would still be a good citizen and take action, even if that means bundling the dog up and taking him to the vet myself. I'd do it, too! I have even offered to help pay for vet intervention when I hit a 6 month old pup on a farm road. (I didn't have the money, but if I had to use all I had to help, I would have!)It's only right. My 5 year old schnauzer was hit only two houses away and he was wearing his collar with his name and our number on it, and I NEVER received a call! That burned my butt! It's a shame. (Ummm, he wasn't supposed to be out.......at about 2am I opened the door to let him go potty and vrooooom, he was gone! A storm had come through and it was pouring! I looked for him for about 40 minutes, then went back home. At 9:30am my son found him two houses away. He wasn't hit when I first looked for him because I would have noticed him.)
  • Awww. I'm sorry! If i would hit a dog. I would notify the owner and let them know that it was an accident.
  • I'm sorry to hear that. I would notify the owner, even though it's something quite unpleasent to do. Insult to injury is not cool, it's someones's baby and should be respected.
  • It happened to me to I would check if the animal is ok if its not i would take it to the vet.
  • So sad for you, it must have broken your heart, and of course you should stop and check out an animal of any kind if you collide with it, and notify whoever you can, plus get help if possible, I have picked up animals from the road, ruined my clothes to get them to a vet, life is more important than clothing, and I hope you are okay after your loss, god bless your dog, retribution to the driver.......
  • One night long ago, as I was washing dishes I heard a car squeal its breaks and a dog started yelping. As I ran to the front porch, I saw a car peel off and a black dog lay helplessly in the middle of the street whimpering and howling. I cried for my mother to help the injured dog. While I was in the house crying my mom grabbed a towel and ran to the rescue. She carried the dog, wrapped in the towel, to the front porch to check it out. The poor dog was bleeding from his snout and he couldn't walk. My mother went inside the house as I cried with the stray dog. To my surprise, my mother came back outside with a gun! I frantically cried out, "what are you planning to do?" My mother was going to shoot the dog in the head to end his pain because he was apparently bleeding internally and we had no way of helping the little fellow. My mom took the dog wrapped in the towel and her gun to the back yard. I stayed in the house and cried in prayer to God for a miracle while anticipating the gun shot. My mother returned in the house with her gun. I asked her if she killed the dog? She said that as she pointed the gun at the dogs head, the dog helplessly starred back into her eyes. For some reason, she could not pull the trigger. She said we'd wait until morning to see if the dog would be alive and then we'd take it to the vet. That night I stayed up as late as I could on the front porch, crying and praying over the dog. The next morning after my mom and I woke-up, we went out side and witnessed, to our amazement, the little black dog was running around in our front yard as if nothing had happened to it! I like to thank God with providing the miracle and saving that little dog's life. We enjoyed the dog for quite sometime thereafter.
  • My neighbor's dog was killed right outside of our duplex by a driver one morning. It was so tragic and deeply upsetting. The dog's owner was outside when it happened, and the driver did stop. I can't imagine the shock and horror you must have experienced. I am sorry for your loss. That driver will have to live with that immoral decision for the rest of his/her life.
  • Most definitely yes!!! I am sorry.
  • Why was your dog roaming free?
  • I would feel so sad and upset but I might be afraid to stop at the owner's house and tell them what happened. Some people are crazy and you don't know how they might react. You could get beat up or worse. I would only go to the owner's home with a police escort.
  • Been quick enough to not hit a single animal in my life thus far, but I'm sure I will eventually. And when I do, I will take complete medical responsibility for them, then if they are a pet try to find the owner.
  • I did hit a dog once, in a whole pack of dogs, way out in the country. I felt bad that I couldn't find a house but I did tell the people I was visiting about it and they went looking for what people might own the dog. Now way could I just drive away without doing something. I can see being in a hurry but it was a life of something. It deserves some respect.
  • i would practically die if i hit a dog i would be straight out of the car on call to the vets immediatly calling out a rescue or bringing the dog in if i could have the dog at the vets and being cared for that would be my main concern if the dog was dead i would go door to door asking if they had a dog i would probably cover the little body up with my jacket or such so no one had to see a dead dog. if it was alive and i could get it to the vets i would once knowing the dog is safe in good hands come back to the spot and search for the owner
  • Just the other day I found a dog on the road who had just been hit by a car, he was still warm. I carried him to the closest house. A teenage boy answered the door and needless to say it was a sad sight. It was his dog.
  • yes i would stop i have seen some dogs hit by cars and the cars just kept on going.if i hit a dog it would hurt me so bad because i love anamals. and if i did i would not drive off i would fined out whoes dog it was.
  • as i am the property of a dog..you see i am his i do not own him. i would do every thing possible for the well being of the dog...i am truly sorry for your loss. please put this w/ your favorite photo of your dog... Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
  • i would stop and i would'nt forgive myself if the dog diied. but if someone did that to my dog and would'nt be mad only if i new it was'nt their fault and thatr they took time to call me or care for it
  • Oh my god! That's so horrible. I'm so sorry for your loss. Whoever did that is a real jerk. I don't consider the animals that live with me as 'pets', they're more like little family members. This is like asking me if i hit someones kid would i stop. If i hit any kind of animal i'd stop and race them straight to the nearest vet and demand they look the animal over right away.
  • I am so sorry for you. I hope you are better now. I would knock and cry with you if I hit your dog. Again I am so sorry.
  • oh yes , even if i was gonna be late dogs are important famly members.
  • I pay attention to driving and would not hit the dog because I am an animal lover and it would kill me to do something like that, but if I was by chance to pay attention yes I would definately stop because they are family too.
  • I believe it's required by law. Dog's are concidered properety and if you damage someone's property you must inform them. Not so with cats.
  • its the law if you run down a dog you have to report it, god i feel for you i just lost my 11year old rottie on monday
  • 20 years ago a dog ran out in front of me to chase a truck heading the opposite direction at the time my licence was suspended but was driving to work without second thought I stopped and knocked on several doors, turned out he was a stray living on the curbside for three years between three homes who fed him. I felt even worse despite the licence issue I phoned the police. Turns out he was paralyzed and pissed off and was put to sleep I was not asked for my licence but did'nt care.
  • I would make every effort. In California we are required to notify law enforcement when hitting a pet and not being able to locate the owner.
  • I would do everything I could to help your dog. That is just horrible when someone just "hits and runs!" Our pets our our families.... some people just don't understand that!
  • hello, omg yes i would!! in fact if thye owners had no transportation,id go out of my way to get the dog to an animal hospital.i love animals,more than i do some people.imagine that,hitting your dog,then taking off?thats sick!
  • When I was 14 I had a jack Russel that got out of the house, I had to catch the bus... so I tried to catch him but I couldn't. He ran into the rad and me and my sister tried to get him to come to us. This didn't work someone came down the road and actually sped up and swerved and hit him right in front of me. they never stopped they drove off as fast as they could. My sister ran screaming, I ran to my dog. His back legs weren't working and he couldn't see. He was screaming and bit me but as soon as I started talking he stopped and just lay there. He died within ten minutes. In this time the bus came, the bus driver stopped and told me to get on the bus. (while I was holding my dying dog!) but I'm almost sure those people hit "Tigger" on purpose. But If I hit a dog I would stop. I couldn't put someone through what that person put me through. maybe they thought because the dog was out it would teach me a lesson... but some times dogs get out. it happens. and if that was why thats no reason to kill an animal.
  • I would for sure stop and check and do as mush as i could !! Im very sorry about ur DOG ! :(
  • yes definlety to let them no it was an accedent and that you tryed to help to revive him and god will thank you in a spical way
  • The same thing has happened to me before. It was horrible. She had escaped from the back yard when my dad was mowing the lawn. We had spent all morning searching for the poor pup and when we came home, there was a note on our door from the Humane Society saying they had located our dog and it listed a number to call. But when I called and described my pet, the woman simply said "Would you like us to bury her or would you like to come pick her up?" I died inside. If I ever, ever hit a dog, I would do everything in my power to make sure it was going to be okay and attempt to find and apologize to the owner. Its just too painful to lose a much loved pet like that.
  • WHAT KING of cruel mean heartless monster would do something like that! and i would never hit a dog! dogs are smart and are better at judging people then we are.
  • I AM SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR DOG. THE LORD ABOVE WILL TAKE CARE OF THE PERSON THAT HIT YOUR DOG. IF I EVER HIT A DOG, I WOULD GET HELP, EITHER THE POLICE OR I WOULD BRING THE DOG TO THE VET. I COULD NEVER LET A DOG JUST LIE IN THE ROAD AND DIE. NOT EVERYONE THINKS OF ANIMALS LIKE WE DO THAT IS WHY THERE IS SO MUCH CRUELTY OUT THERE. THANK GOD FOR THE PEOPLE THAT TRY AND WATCH FOR ANIMALS BEING ABUSED.
  • I'm so sorry to hear that, if i hit someone dog i would stop and check on the animal i would even wait for the owners, i would do whatever i had to.
  • Yes I would. If the dog had a tag on I would contact the owner if not I would take him to the RSPCA and ask for there help. It always helps to have a dog tag and to get your dog chiped so they can find out who the owners are. It is very sad to here what happened to your dog. Some people even children can be very cruel to animals. On the news yesterday some children where dangling some puppies in a fire. They were spoted and the dogs are safe and well.
  • Of COURSE and I'd be crying hysterically as I did it too.
  • I would! I was in your situation once! My pit bull got hit by 3 cars! Thank GOd she survived BUT did any of them stop to see if she was ok? NO! Someone just ran up to the door and told my grandma 3 cars hit our dog and she ran off before my grandmother could ask questions! Heartless Jerks! I couldn't be like that! I love dogs too much and out of respect for a fellow dog owner I would!I am so sorry to hear about your dog!! He's in doggy heaven now.
  • Yep. Found a dog when returning from a meeting. Wasn't there when I left, but man he was stiff. Dropped him in a box and someone said there were posters up looking for a dog just like it. So we went out to find a flier, called, the lady balled, the guy came by. NOT THEIR DOG! Really, how many small white poodle mixes got away this week? Turns out his dog was short a, um, ah, nut and this dog wasn't.
  • I would be absolutely devastated if I hit any animal an would react the same as if I'd hit a person. Of course you get out to minimize the damage and notify the owners.
  • I really hate when peop;e do that! M y poor poor beautiful doggy snoopy happened to that. He followed me to the store (What a stupid doggy!) And I didn't even notice him. So I crossed the street and apparently snoopy followed. he ran to apartments. When i return I screamed in horror. I saw my doggy running across the street, This drunken man didn't see him and went faster. Bam.... I was going to the store with my neighbor, my neigher was terrified. I screamed and I dropped everything, the milk carton, dog food and apparently the juice carton broke. I was running across the street and a Large gas truck headed my way, I didn't care. I just wanted my puppy. My neigher grabbed my collar and I was kicking I said "NO! NO!!!" She aparently saved my life. When I got to snoopy.. He was on the floor, dead, He was so scared he had a lil bit of poop on his anus. That is not funny, its sad. That stupid drunk man fleed like a cheetah. My heart sank, I feel to my knees. I reached out to touch my puppy one more time. The man from across the apartments said "He's not suffering no more. I'm sorry" They got a black bag and put snoopy in there. He was so stiff. My god, I glanced one more time at snoopy. " Goodbye my friend.. " I cried.. I walked home, my neighbor behind me. When i got to my street, blood-red eyes. Grown-ups ran to me "Whats wrong! Whats wrong!" I was loved in that neighbor hood. To this day I am still sad. Atleast he isn;t suffering. they used to hit him, and horrid things, The kids in my neighbor hood were horrid. I love you snoopy!
  • Yes. One day I was behind a black sport vehicle suv. Some guy was acting jerky and making my mother slow down behind him at every stop sign. At the corner of our block he stopped and we saw him swurve to hit this little orange kitten. I ran out of the car and told my Mother to take me to the vet hospital. The vet could do nothing, so she put the kitten to sleep. It cost me one hundred and something. Orange cats have always been my favorite next to siamese cats. And it really effects me now to think of this. That kitten was making sounds and was mangled. I will never forget the sight of him and how it made me feel.
  • I was driving my 65 impala one day (This was in 198 something and a dog shot out of the side of the road (Bushes, couldn't see it) and I clean took her under the car. Lo and behold I slammed on the brakes, slid to a stop and walked back to her. She suddenly got up and staggered to the side of the road. A bunch of kids knew the owner and he came and got her, she still was alive last I saw, but I'd have stopped even if it had died... I mean the weird thing was, she was about 50 lbs and I had a MAX clearance of maybe 7 inches on my front end! How she survived the initial impact I'll never know.
  • Yes I would stop for sure to check on the dog. That would be super horrible if that dog was just a little hurt and ended up passing because nobody got it to the vet, or if it just layed there in pain for several hours. I can't stand people like that. I would try to notify the owner if I could find them. There was a border collie live with us, we didn't technically own him but he came to our house and slept in the garage and we ended up feeding him and such, that like to wander about a six mile radius in the country. Luckily everybody knew him. But somebody hit him one evening and just left, but one of our neighbors found him laying in the ditch on the road. They were kind enough to stop and found him alive. He took him to the vet and he live another great 6 years with us. So even if you don't want to tell the person. Stop and just check sometimes an animal can be helped.
  • I'm so sorry for your loss. Of course I would tried to help, that's at least I can do, right?
  • I hit a stray dog today on my way to work. It came out of nowhere. I was on the motorway so I was driving quite fast. The poor thing yelped and crawled on its front legs to the side of the road. A car stopped and helped me get the dog in my car. I took it to the vet. She was examined and treated. Ex-rays were taken and everything. She had no broken bones. But the vet said she had internal bleeding. I bought her medicines and took her home with me. She died three hours later. I buried her with the help of my friends. She was a german shepherd. Had no colar or anything so I assume she was kicked out of her home or had run away. I feel terribly guilty. Please everyone, drive slowly. Maybe if I wasn't driving so fast, she might have lived. And yes. You have to take on the responsibility of causing the injury or death of another living being.
  • Yes, I would see if the dog was alright and notify the owners, however, I would not take responsability for the accident because I'd be afraid of jail time. I'd say that the car in front of me hit the dog and ran away and I couldn't get the license plate number.
  • I'm sorry that happened to your dog. I've been through almost the same thing before. I would check on the dog and get help/ tell the owners.
  • In England it is a legal requirement to stop and notify the owner for dogs
  • Of course! Once i was on my way back home from my girl's place, she lived outside the town so i was walking on the road. I saw cars voiding one side of the road. When i get there i saw big dead dog on the road, it was still warm... I moved him outside the road and i called the police. I dont understand how could they just drive by and ignore it... It's unhuman...
  • Yes, I would stop and I would call the police.If the police couldnt notify the owner I would take it to a vet myself.

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