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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
I was going to pick my son up at the mall, when something small ran in front of me and I hit it. I was just sick for worry it was someone's cat or dog. It turned out to be a rabbit, so I'm sad, but at least it wasn't someone's cherished pet. So...

What would you do if you hit an animal and it had a collar - how in the world would you tell that owner that you hit their pet?

P.S. the rabbit died instantly at least, so he didn't suffer.
post #2 of 26
It might have been someone's pet... people keep rabbits as pets. If I hit a small animal that had a collar, I'd pay a personal visit to the family and explain what happened. Accidents are accidents, there's not much you can do to avoid them.
post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 
Oh gosh I hope not. But I don't think so, because there's tons of bunnies around here, and I doubt anyone would let their pet rabbit out when we're supposed to get "feet" of snow in the next 24 hours.

Wouldn't that be a hard visit to make? I'd be so sad.
post #4 of 26
Oh, Kim... So upsetting. My knees turn to jello every time a $&^*$ squirrel challenges me, and I haven't actually hit anything. What would I do if I hit an animal who had ID? GAWD, I don't know. Well, I guess I know what I would do -- the only thing I COULD do -- find the humans, and let them know. HOW I would say it...how I would COPE with saying it...those are the questions....and I guess the words would depend on the vibes I got from the person. But then I'd still have to go on with my own life, and like you, I would be so sad.
post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by kluchetta
Oh gosh I hope not. But I don't think so, because there's tons of bunnies around here, and I doubt anyone would let their pet rabbit out when we're supposed to get "feet" of snow in the next 24 hours.

Wouldn't that be a hard visit to make? I'd be so sad.
Yah, that's true... We keep ours in there cages (big ones!) pretty much all the time. Even when we do let them out, they stay pretty much where you put them.
post #6 of 26
How dreadfully upsetting, Kim!
post #7 of 26
My brother has TWO bunnies that were running up and down his street. He took them in and had them neutered. They are free to hop around his house all day and in his back yard!
post #8 of 26
I hit someones dog with my car once.

I wasn't sure which driveway it came out of - I ran to the houses to see if anyone was around. When no one was, I picked up the dog put it in my car and drove to the closest vet who treated them for me.

I was lucky, the dog didn't die and only lost a leg. But I have never felt so sick in my life.

But I was also really angry because animals shouldn't be able to get out of their yards to run around the streets.

There are serial dogs that are constantly in the road and nipping at tyres.

If people loved their dogs they would keep them fenced up properly.
post #9 of 26
Long ago when I was young and stupid and used to let cats out at night, I had a phone call from someone at 3 AM, telling me she had hit my cat and had taken him to an emergency vet. Sadly, when I called the vet they had not been able to save him. But I was so grateful to the woman (a nurse going off-duty) for both doing what she could for my Pippin and for letting me know. It must have been very hard for her, and she was almost as upset as I was. I think if an accident happens there is a duty to do the difficult thing and let the owner know.
post #10 of 26
My dog got ran over when I was a kid and the driver didn't stop, but neither did anyone else! Eventually a bus driver stopped and moved his body out of the road and onto the pavement. I was young at the time and was upset about losing the dog but my parents were fuming.
post #11 of 26
When I was much younger I went on a daytrip with me mate in his 3 wheeler, youv'e guessed it, ran over a rabbit with his middle wheel, if he'd had a proper car the rabbit wouldv'e been fine!
post #12 of 26
Oh dear. I don't know. I've just started driving in the last year so I honestly don't know.
post #13 of 26
Uh, first I'd be devestated! Then as much as I like to tell the truth, I'd take the cat to their house and say I found him/her in the road. It would be horrible enough that I hit it, that would be enough punishment for me. I would turn down reward money of course, if it was offered.
post #14 of 26
Thread Starter 
I think I realized that the important thing is that I should put myself in the owner's place, and how I would want to be told, now matter how difficult!
post #15 of 26
Oh Kim.....sorry the bunny lost it's life, but it was an accident.......they happen all the time, and it's a sad part of life. I would tell the owner if they had a collar, but it would be one of the hardest things I've ever done. If I were the owner, I'd want to know..........
post #16 of 26
My mum opened the door once to a gay couple crying their eyes put because they had run over a cat and wanted to see of it was ours (this was years ago).

My mum went over to see if she recognised the cat and they had put it in t he recovery position and wrapped it in one of their coats.

SO sad, but so sweet of them to try to do so much for it!

The cat was my neighbours cat, a mean little thing, and 15 years old. Guess it got too old to be an outdoor cat
post #17 of 26
YIKES~I wouldnt know what to do if I were to hit somebodys pet! I would more than liky be as upset as the owner!! Thankfully the only live animal I hit was a deer, it actually hit me!(lol) t died instantly......poor thing. I have had 2 dogs get out of my yard and get hit and both times the(a%%hole) didnt stop!! I had a nice man come to my door and tell me "I think your dog got hit" and I had my best friend come over and get her out of the road for me, because I couldnt do it!! And one more thing, this sounds *horrible* but where I live, its not uncommon for ppl to run over animals(espically *cats*) just for fun!!!!! OMG~that angers me soooooooo much!!!
post #18 of 26
Yeah I'll see a squirrel or something running across the road and people in front of me swerve toward it trying to hit it. Sickos! Thankfully they never hit it because if they did, I'd have to follow them and kick their
post #19 of 26
If I hit some ones pet I would do my very best to find the owner they deserve closure and to know what happened to their pet. Its very sad to have to do but you must try to find the owner.
post #20 of 26
I hit a baby raccoon once and I was a basket case for days!!, if I hit animal with a collar..I would knock on all the doors in the area and ask if anyone knew who's pet it was..I'm sure they'd want to know what had happened.
post #21 of 26
If I hit someone's pet, I would do my best to find the owner. I would hate to think there was someone waiting for their pet to come home, not knowing what had happened. However, on saying that cats/dogs whatever shouldn't be roaming loose.
post #22 of 26
I would tell the owner, but I'd probably be a basket case, and sobbing the whole while. It'd be a mess. I couldnt imagine getting that news. When I lost Conner over a year ago, and couldnt find him, I almost couldnt breathe I was such a wreck. I had posters up within an hour and late that night when a nice lady brought him to my house, I nearly tackled her I was so elated. I think I scared her with my tearstained hugs and exclamations of gratitude pretty much elevating her to sainthood, lol. I dont think I couldve dealt with hearing horrible news like that at that time. I couldn't imagine hearing it or having to be the bearer of bad news. Ugh.
post #23 of 26
Kim, I hit a squirrel about 2 months after I got my license and started CRYING on the way to school, so I know how upsetting it is

I think I'd have to personally visit the family if the animal couldn't be saved. I'd probably be sort of in shock, though, so who knows.
post #24 of 26
Thread Starter 
Allie, the only other thing I ever hit was a squirrel. That was a long time ago, but I cried too.
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by jane_vernon
There are serial dogs that are constantly in the road and nipping at tyres.

If people loved their dogs they would keep them fenced up properly.

My Jess(my first puppy-a lab) was kept in a pen all of the time(potty breaks & outside time), out on a leash, never let loose, except for when she was in the house. She had a an affinity for tires I knew about. We had finally mastered the whole concept of heel, so I tested it one Friday at 1:07 pm(August 5, 2004) when I went out to get the mail. I walked 150 feet out to the mailbox. She didn't chase the first car, but the second car she did. If the SOB wasn't drunk, my baby would be alive today. She was not close enough to get hit, but he swerved right into her. He claims he never saw her, but we both had blaze orange on(she was wearing a doggie vest). Some people whose pets get hit by cars really do care & are trying to work with them. I thought I had finally trained her out of chasing cars, but it only takes once. I was standing right there watching this drunk(at one in the afternoon) hit my dog.

I know what you said wasn't aimed at me, I didn't take that wrong, but I have been trying to learn not to asusme when a dog is out in the street that the owners let it run loose...although most of them do. The one you hit was running loose? It is sad that people don't care enough about their pets. They are living, breathing creatures that can feel the same as you & I. If you get a pet it is your responsibility to take care of him/her. I wish more people could understand that.

I will do anything to try to avoid hitting an animal. If I find one on the road & I can safely stop & pick it up, I do. I bring them home & bury them(I leave the really icky ones, or wild animals-I pick up cats mostly). I actually keep plastic bags & boxes in the trunk of my car to put bodies in. I cannot stand to see what might have been someone's pet run over time & time again.
post #26 of 26
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by white cat lover
My Jess(my first puppy-a lab) was kept in a pen all of the time(potty breaks & outside time), out on a leash, never let loose, except for when she was in the house. She had a an affinity for tires I knew about. We had finally mastered the whole concept of heel, so I tested it one Friday at 1:07 pm(August 5, 2004) when I went out to get the mail. I walked 150 feet out to the mailbox. She didn't chase the first car, but the second car she did. If the SOB wasn't drunk, my baby would be alive today. She was not close enough to get hit, but he swerved right into her. He claims he never saw her, but we both had blaze orange on(she was wearing a doggie vest). Some people whose pets get hit by cars really do care & are trying to work with them. I thought I had finally trained her out of chasing cars, but it only takes once. I was standing right there watching this drunk(at one in the afternoon) hit my dog.

I know what you said wasn't aimed at me, I didn't take that wrong, but I have been trying to learn not to asusme when a dog is out in the street that the owners let it run loose...although most of them do. The one you hit was running loose? It is sad that people don't care enough about their pets. They are living, breathing creatures that can feel the same as you & I. If you get a pet it is your responsibility to take care of him/her. I wish more people could understand that.

I will do anything to try to avoid hitting an animal. If I find one on the road & I can safely stop & pick it up, I do. I bring them home & bury them(I leave the really icky ones, or wild animals-I pick up cats mostly). I actually keep plastic bags & boxes in the trunk of my car to put bodies in. I cannot stand to see what might have been someone's pet run over time & time again.
Oh, that's so sad, I'm so sorry! Poor puppy baby.
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