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Hank    Posted 03-05-2004 at 08:45:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Steves message about the chicks has gotten me thinking- a few years back I was going to my brothers house within the speed limit when I came over a small hill in the road. There stood a dog and unfortunately my only course of action was to run over him. Well trying to be a good citizen I went back to the house and told the guy who in turn gave me the biggest cussing of my life and verbally berated to my car. I fully understand the emotion attached to it-but the lesson I learned was from now on if( as in future) I run over a dog on the road( which were never intended nor funded for dog walks) I will just go on. I am not cold hearted nor do/would I ever bring intentional harm to an animal and would always swerve if at all possible-but I learned from that lesson that as in many cases personal responsibilty is not important. I always did think that the person that allowed the dog to stand in the road should have beared some of the responsibilty. Am I wrong for going on-morally yes but in todays society there is no reward(other than internal) to do what is right. I think it all revolves around the "ME" mentality-spearheaded by a materialistic, self absorbed, consumption based environment that we are all a product of. Just thought it would be interesting to get a response on this issue.

Kat in NJ    Posted 03-05-2004 at 13:54:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
While it is understandable that you would not want another dressing down, in many states like here in NJ it is a crime to run anything over and not report it (yes, I know, no one ever reports it, but even if you hit a squirrel you are supposed to notify local police).

The flip side of this: last Saturday, we were at the vet's waiting for our feline chemo patient to get his treatment. A middle-aged couple with two teenage sons were pacing nervously nearby. Finally, a vet came out with a rather battered golden retriever on a lease. The family rushed over, obviously relieved to see the dog. We heard the vet warn them not to touch the dog's head or face, since it had a fractured skull and there was no way to set the injury.

While they were waiting to check out, the father explained that the boys had been playing with the dog in the front yard the day before. The dog went toward the road and was standing just off the curb. A vehicle came up the street and apparently swerved and hit the dog, knocking it back up on the lawn. The vehicle kept going, but the boys got a partial tag number.

The dog survived (at least as of Saturday--you could see its skull moved when it panted), the family had an enormous bill in hand but were relieved to have their friend. And the police had called to say they had the person who hit the dog and were charging him with hit-and-run.

If he had stopped, would he have gotten yelled at? Probably, in the heat of things. But he is in much worse shape that getting a talking to now that the cops have him.

If you hit an animal, at least call the local cops and report it. Let them pick it up and go deal with the irate owners, or let them rush it to a vet's. Better to try and save the animal (if a pet) than let it die in the gutter.

so    Posted 03-06-2004 at 06:27:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
so your state law says you must repoort a rat run over in the road even if a woman driver is on their way to abort a child-intersting state priorities

BOSS    Posted 03-05-2004 at 13:50:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
If the dog gets hit, it is the owners fault. Dogs are not supposed to be in the road, cars are. If I hit a dog, I probably wouldn't stop, unless it is still moving, then I would help, but I would also tell the owner that it was their fault it got hit. If I squashed it, I'd keep going.

Melanie    Posted 03-05-2004 at 11:25:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
"... Am I wrong for going on-morally yes but in todays society there is no reward(other than internal) to do what is right."
Hank, I can understand where you would feel mad that you got blessed out for doing the right thing... but it was only half for that owner that you stopped and 'fessed up. The other half was for you. Like you said up there, there is an internal reward for doing the right thing. The opposite of that is the internal penalty for doing the wrong thing. You sound like a person with a conscience; obviously, or you wouldn't have stopped that time. It isn't worth it to let your resentment of one grieving, irrational person cause you to make bad choices later on and do more harm to your conscience than good.
It's weird that this topic came up; I lost three childhood friends (of the canine persuasion) to being hit by cars, and not one person ever stopped to tell us. Twice before I was ten years old, I found my best friend lying bleeding, dying in the road. It was awful and traumatic and my folks didn't have a chance to shield me from it, because nobody stopped to tell them what had happened.
Hank, you sound like one of the good guys. Don't let one creepazoid ruin you.
Lenore- I think that hound was a special case. No way would I, a female alone, stop in the nighttime to do that, either.

naz    Posted 03-05-2004 at 09:31:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My moms old german shepard was hit and killed last year.He was her best buddy and companion for 14 years,mine to.The young fellow that hit the dog stop and left the car on the road in front of him to prevent oncoming from running him over again and came in to house.He was hit pretty hard and didn't last long.The dog never went on the road but we know there were deer across from us the last few nights grazing,and his curiosity got the best of him.Be that as it may,if you run over an animal treat it as if you ran over someones best friend and by all means tell them.I think anyone with a conscience couldn't drive away without being troubled.Be a Man/Woman!!!

rhouston    Posted 03-05-2004 at 09:12:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
in N.Y. it's illegal to hit a cat or dog and leave the scene. You are to attemp to contact the owner and advise them you ran over their animal.

Red Dave    Posted 03-05-2004 at 09:12:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't blame you. If the owner doesn't care enough about the dog to keep it home, why should you have to listen to a ration of crap from the owner?

F/F    Posted 03-05-2004 at 09:04:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
To leave a dog laying injured in the road and not attempting to notify the owners or trying to help, but just keep driving on is something I could not do. I just hope everyone has not fallen to your level. Granted, the owner did not act in the way most would have, but dont judge all dog owners on the actions of one.

Hank    Posted 03-05-2004 at 09:22:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
the difference between me and everybody else is that I will admit to it. I see a lot about the rights of dogs and what I would do but I also see A lot of people who cold care less-mostly the same type that will not even take responsibilty for their kids-Oh my kids would not do that! Give me a break. Its funny we live in a country where a woman will have a kid and then 6 weeks later they place their own flesh and blood in the constant care of a day care that instills their values and morals in them. Not even taking enough time to investigate and ask important questions about their care. All in the name of a new truck and a bigger mortgage. These people should be ashamed of how they treat their offspring. Actions are louder than words my friend

T D in Tennessee    Posted 03-05-2004 at 09:01:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
once upon a time I owned the best beagle hound that I have ever owned, and I have owned quite a few. She was a little half beagle/ half feist and was simply the best I ever owned or hunted with either. One day we were hunting and were beside a dirt road. The mailman was coming down the road from delivering the mail and she just stepped out in front of his rear tire. When he ran over her the car kinda bumped up, but as it was a dirt road, he just thought it was a bump in the road. As he went by, he waved to me like country folk do. I never told him about his killing my dog, but I had to quit hunting for that day. We loaded the rest up and went home. Just thought that maybe this is relevant to your post.

Wisereader    Posted 03-05-2004 at 08:53:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Hank. I mean absolutely no disrespect, but it sounds like you have become what YOU berate.

Has the "me mentality" society you speak of claimed another recruit/victim?

Now, don't be too...    Posted 03-05-2004 at 09:21:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
...hard on him. He has a point. He did the right thing and got chewed out for it, that's enough to make anybody think twice about what the proper procedure should be. Place the blame where it belongs. On the owner. First for letting his animal run loose and second for not being gracious enough to accept an apology and notification. I once walked six blocks carrying a bleeding dead cat in my arms trying to find an owner. I got laughed at at several houses.

"It's just a cat."

Well it wasn't just a cat to me because I killed it and it had a collar on, so it belonged to someone.

What people don't stop to think about is that it's almost always as traumatic for the person who ran over tha animal as it is for the owner. I know it was for me and a kind person will recognize that by the mere fact that you sought them out to begin with.


Wisereader    Posted 03-05-2004 at 10:40:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Cindi, and hello again, Hank. My intent was not to be "hard" or "not hard" on Hank, but rather to attempt to make a statement that was thought provoking in the light of his own comments. Had I had the same experience, I may very well be tempted to think and feel the same. I honestly was not judging him.

When Hank said
"Am I wrong for going on-morally yes but in todays society there is no reward(other than internal) to do what is right."
- I felt that in a way he answered his own question. Sometimes there is no other reward in the immediate but in the "internal" which is really another way of saying "acting in a way consistent with my moral set of values" i.e. acting within my conscience. Even if it is really hard, this we must do or we "adulterize" our own values.

Cindi    Posted 03-05-2004 at 14:08:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know you weren't judging him WR, no offense intended.

~Lenore    Posted 03-05-2004 at 10:16:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think Hank went above and beyond the call of duty. He got cursed and verbally attacked for doing it. What if that person had lost it completely and physically attacked Hank or shot him?! You definitely take a risk when you enter a stranger's property and deliver some less than good news to them.

I ran over a huge hound dog sleeping in the middle of a country road one night. I was alone and it was almost midnight; I did not stop. I did not see the dog in my mirror; I guess he ran like many injured animals will do. I am sorry if that is considered thoughtless, but there is no way I was going to stop at night and go looking for some unknown owner in an unfamiliar rural area.

Jessie    Posted 03-05-2004 at 12:56:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would have stopped and checked to see if there was damage to my vehicle and if there was well that's another story. If you want your dogs keep them at home........

~Lenore    Posted 03-05-2004 at 19:11:30       [Reply]  [No Email]

I did check for damage but not until I got to a lighted area where I felt safe. Thank goodness there was no visable damage. Believe me I was concerned, that was when I was driving my Chevy Malibu. I loved that car!

jf    Posted 03-06-2004 at 06:25:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
great car

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