June 27th, 2015


Does hit and run apply to dogs?

This won't be a pretty post.  My mom, my boyfriend, and myself were outside cleaning out a cage for foster kittens.  We were in and out of the house repeatedly and didn't notice that my mom's chihuahua had gotten out until he was running down the driveway into the road.  He plunked himself down about 1/3 of the way across the street.  My mom went after him, but when she was 15-20 feet away a guy in a car that was driving down the street actually revved his engine, sped up, and hit her dog.  Because he was tiny/low to the ground he took most of the impact on his head.

Then he sped off.  A neighbor saw and went after the car, but was only able to get a license plate.  My mom and I took off to the emergency vet right away, but the damage was too severe and we had to let him go.

I have tried googling to see if it's even worth involving the police, but I keep coming up with other news stories about dead dogs and I just can't deal with it right now.  Does hit and run apply to a situation like this?  Or is it something that doesn't legally matter because the dog was loose?  There are plenty of witnesses and everyone agrees that the guy intentionally hit the dog.  We're in Wisconsin.


The police came out to the house to talk to my mom and neighbors.  They said that because Charlie was in the street the driver didn't do anything wrong.  They also said that if the driver wants to pursue it my mom would be liable for damages to his car.  So, that's awesome.

Thank you guys for all of your support and input.  It means a lot. 


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