Letter: Drivers bear responsibility for their actions
On my way to drop my kids off at school, I passed what I thought was a dead dog on the side of the road that had been hit by a car. There was just something about it that I couldn’t stop thinking about. I decided to go back and check to make sure it was actually dead after I dropped the kids off.
When I got there, I discovered it was breathing. It was badly hurt, but it was alive. Cars were driving within inches of it thinking it was dead. I called the police and stood next to it trying to get people to slow down and give it some space. I talked to it to try to comfort it. It was looking at me and it killed me that I couldn’t help it.
When animal control arrived a couple of minutes later, the officer determined that the dog was not going to make it since there was blood in its lungs. She asked if I hit it and wanted to know if I knew who did. She was disappointed that they had just left it there. I had no information to give her.
That dog suffered far too long on the side of the road. Cars and trucks were zooming past. It was already dying and had to spend some of its last moments unable to get to safety, hurting and probably terrified. I understand that drivers accidentally hit animals. But if it is you that hits an animal, it is your responsibility to stop, report it, and make sure it’s taken care of. Even if it means being late for something. All it takes is one phone call to the police. It is cruel and irresponsible to drive away and heartless and disrespectful to let something suffer like that. My heart goes out to the family who owns this beautiful dog.