I have had two dogs, a Lab and a Saint Bernard, get hit on our county road in three days!
We live miles from the closest house and most of the traffic on our road is from our farming neighbors. I have had dogs hit in the past, and people just don't seem to care about the dog or its owners after they've hit it.
Of the dogs I've had hit, not once has the person stopped to tell me they have hit my dog! They are just cowards and drive off as if nothing has happened.
I think this takes a very heartless person to not come get the owner and/or help for the animal that may be suffering.
Now don't misunderstand, I certainly do NOT expect someone to risk human life to avoid hitting my dog. I just wish people had a little more compassion for the animal they've injured or killed, and the people who love them!
Now the two dogs hit this week will be OK, thanks to the quick response of the vets and their staff that I love so much (you know who you are!!), even coming nearly 15 miles out of town to pick up my Lab that was hit Saturday night.
A late-night/early morning to save the Phoebe, the lab, and another evening was spent with Zuess, the St. Bernard on Tuesday. I hope we will get to bring them home by this weekend, to a yard that will soon be equipped with an underground fence, something I should have done years ago, I know.
I do love my dogs very much. All day long and every night they spend their lives in a very large, shady, kennel, with a thick layer of straw in the winter months. They only get out for a few hours each night when we are home to love them and play with them.
All of my dogs, cats and horses are spoiled pets. We love them each dearly. They are part of our family. PLEASE people, when you are driving on a county road and approaching a house, slow down! You never know what might be in the road ahead of you -- a cat, a dog, maybe even a child! If you do hit something, have a heart and get the animal some help that may save their life, not to mention the heartache of the owner having to bury a beloved member of their family.
Please be a courteous neighbor or passerby, just as if you were driving through a neighborhood in town. I do not know who hit either of my dogs, but they know who they are! You don't hit a 90-pound and 140-pound dog without noticing. I hope you feel terrible knowing you left a dog severely injured!