Dog owners should be responsible enough not to let their pets wander as being curious animals that are predisposed to chasing motorists, the pet can be hit by a car. What would you do if you hit other people’s pet with your car? Would you stop to help the dog or would you think that it’s not your fault and continue driving? Stopping would mean assuming the veterinary bills for the treatment of the injured dog.
Being considered as members of the family, dogs are well loved and highly valued pets. Consider the grief the dog owners will have to go through at the death of the pet. You have decided to drive on as the accident is not your fault but not doing the humane thing of helping the dog can end up with the death of the injured animal. Stopping to help could have saved the life of the dog.
No one in his/her right mind would purposely injure or allow a dog to die. If you hit someone’s pet with your car the law requires you to stop and assume the responsibility of helping the animal. Driving on can get you slapped with a cruelty to animals charge. If you hit a dog with your car immediately pull over and move the injured dog to the road side where it cannot be a road hazards.
Dogs that are in pain or in shock can turn aggressive and bite. A blanket can be used to cover the head, a tie or a belt can be used as a muzzle to prevent the dog from biting. Moving small dogs to the side of the road will be easy. Large dogs can be moved by using a blanket as a stretcher.
Dogs hit by oncoming cars can sustain simple bruises or serious internal injuries. Dogs that have minor bruises can have serious internal injuries that would need immediate treatment. Dial 911 to get help. The proper authorities must be notified so that the dog can be taken to a medical facility for treatment. The owners of the dog must be notified thus it would be necessary to examine the dog for any identification tags. The accident may not be your fault but you will still be held liable for the vet’s bills.
What to do if you hit a dog with your car? This and questions about first aid for dogs are answered at Sarah’s Dogs.