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#3163125 - 02/13/13 08:47 PM Hit a dog
Barrett
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I hit a dog tonight with my truck. I've killed possums, raccoons, and birds but this was my first dog. I looked down for literally a split second and when I looked up I saw a flash of brown and a flash of gray. The brown one got out of the way but the gray one wasn't as lucky. I locked it up but there was nothing I could do.

So what's protocol when you hit a dog? Are you supposed to go back and find it and try to find the owners or just keep going? I wanted to turn around but figured it might upset me if I saw it. And if it wasn't dead I would have really been in a pickle trying to figure out what to do.
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#3163139 - 02/13/13 08:55 PM Re: Hit a dog [Re: Barrett]
leader
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I think that depends on the type area you are in; subdivision , city, middle of now where. Sorry you hit it \:\(
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#3163323 - 02/13/13 11:48 PM Re: Hit a dog [Re: leader]
Nimrod777
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That's gotta suck. I hit one once in Dunlap, dadgum tire biter that was so focused on the car coming in the other lane that when he shot out of his ambush point he ran right across me. Heard him hit up under the fender and he shot back into the yard, but he had to be pretty tore up.
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#3163395 - 02/14/13 05:17 AM Re: Hit a dog [Re: ]
farmin68
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This thread brings back bad memories. I've lost a couple dogs due to being hit by cars and have hit a couple myself.
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#3163403 - 02/14/13 05:35 AM Re: Hit a dog [Re: farmin68]
Phil1979
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Sorry.
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#3163427 - 02/14/13 05:59 AM Re: Hit a dog [Re: Phil1979]
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Sorry< I hit a puppy a few years ago right in front of the kids that owned it. Just like you, there was nothing I could do. It just turned and ran right under the truck before I could react. It makes you feel bad, But looking back at that incident, I really get mad at the owners for not supervising their pets or their kids.
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#3164243 - 02/14/13 06:32 PM Re: Hit a dog [Re: 7mminatree]
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If I were the owner , I think I would appreciate it if the driver stopped .just seems the decent thing to do. Sorry it happened to you.
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#3164263 - 02/14/13 06:49 PM Re: Hit a dog [Re: buzzr46]
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I think it depends on location and time...if it's too late at night, then I know I wouldn't want to be woke up and also told that my dog was just hit.
Sorry about hitting the dog though, I hate hitting anything.
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#3164281 - 02/14/13 07:05 PM Re: Hit a dog [Re: Outdoor life]
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If it has a collar..call 'em up and tell them where they can find their dog...no collar...up to you
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#3164298 - 02/14/13 07:17 PM Re: Hit a dog [Re: Coach]
shopson
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Depends a lot on the type person that hits the dog. I have been on both ends. I felt better about the person that stopped and told me and I felt better about myself for finding and telling the owner. I have also cussed the one that was moving on and didn't even slow down when they hit one.
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#3164372 - 02/14/13 08:32 PM Re: Hit a dog [Re: shopson]
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That sucks. I took my son to the UT/ Vandy game last night. A mile from the house a doe runs in front of me and i almost drill her. On the way home in the exact spot something ran out so quick that i only caught a blur and then thump thump. Assuming a rabbit but not sure what it was.
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#3164410 - 02/14/13 09:09 PM Re: Hit a dog [Re: Coach]
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One night running to a domestic a watched a dog jump out of the back of a pickup into the frontend of my buddies unit, wasn't pretty. Guy never new the dog left his truck till someone else stopped him.
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#3164492 - 02/14/13 10:25 PM Re: Hit a dog [Re: wskp11]
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It's a total crap shoot if you stop. You never can tell what kind of reaction you are going to get. I've had people threaten to shoot my employees before for running over their dogs. Others have been pretty understanding
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#3164587 - 02/15/13 05:05 AM Re: Hit a dog [Re: SES]
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Also, you could let the owner know how bad your damages are since they were letting the dog run free. I am almost positive that they are liable in that situation.
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#3164599 - 02/15/13 05:31 AM Re: Hit a dog [Re: SES]
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 Originally Posted By: SES
It's a total crap shoot if you stop. You never can tell what kind of reaction you are going to get. I've had people threaten to shoot my employees before for running over their dogs. Others have been pretty understanding


Exactly. No matter how admirable your intentions some people will let their emotions get the best of them.

I am curious as to what the law says(if anything) about this subject.
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#3164633 - 02/15/13 06:29 AM Re: Hit a dog [Re: BamaProud]
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Yes it is better if you stop and tell the owner but doing the right thing is not always going to get you the best results. In this crazy world it is possible for you to be liable for the damages to the dog. Yes you may be able to sue the owner to fix your car also but in both situations the only people who win is the attorney.
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#3164750 - 02/15/13 08:58 AM Re: Hit a dog [Re: waynesworld]
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Sorry to hear you hit a dog, It tore me up on the 1 dog I hit because I love dogs but could not find the owner.
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#3164806 - 02/15/13 09:41 AM Re: Hit a dog [Re: Cooter]
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Ive logged over 1.7 million miles (literally) in my lifetime, and in that time i have hit 3 dogs.
I remember each one vividly and still feel bad about each one.

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#3164809 - 02/15/13 09:47 AM Re: Hit a dog [Re: leader]
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 Originally Posted By: leader
I think that depends on the type area you are in; subdivision , city, middle of now where. Sorry you hit it \:\(


Stop & look for a collar. If none are seen, continue on.
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#3164884 - 02/15/13 10:47 AM Re: Hit a dog [Re: Coach]
Brisco Darlin
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I've only hit one dog. it was in front of this house. i went up and rang the doorbell but no answer. i drug it up into the yard and left it by the front porch. I drove by the house later that day and the dog was in a ditch across from the house. I thought well i guess that wasn't their dog after all.
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#3164943 - 02/15/13 11:32 AM Re: Hit a dog [Re: farmin68]
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 Originally Posted By: farmin68
This thread brings back bad memories. I've lost a couple dogs due to being hit by cars and have hit a couple myself.

Yeah,it sucks.
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