Very traumatic experience seeing dog hit with car

@mode09 (158)
United States
April 10, 2008 7:46pm CST
Yesterday on the way home from work I saw a black dog run across the road and he made it in front of all the traffic. Then he decided to run back across the road. I stopped when he ran in front of me but the oncoming traffic did not and it got hit. I never saw anything so horrific in my life. I pulled over and jumped out to try to rescue it if it was still alive. Someone told me it had actually got up and ran off yelping in pain. I was in shock as it looked really mangled when it got hit. I went around in the neighborhood where it took off to look for it, as I was not about to stand around and gossip about it like some of the people there. I could not find it and someone else had called the police to help find it. I left when they arrived, so I have no idea if it got medical treatment or if it went off and died. This bothered me all last evening and I was almost reliving it when I passed the scene today for work. I have been so upset by seeing this and I can't get it out of my head. I have 3 dogs I really care for and I would be devastated if something like that happened to them. Has anyone ever seen something like this and how did you get over it?
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@freak369 (4470)
• United States
11 Apr 08
I have hit a few dogs and luckily they were all relatively ok after it but I did manage to get them into the car and to the vet. There's really no way to "get over it", you have to give it some time and hope that if he got out of a yard or off of a leash that someone found him.
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@mode09 (158)
• United States
12 Apr 08
That is good I am glad that you are a good person to stop for them. The driver from the accident I described just drove away. I laid on the horn to try to get him to stop but it did not work.
@ronaldinu (12456)
• Malta
24 Mar 10
I would have been upset too. When I was a young boy, I saw a dog being ran over by a public transport bus' big wheel. It was a horrible scene for me. I do blame irreponsible owners that let their dogs go astray. I do think that when you let them roam in the street you have condemned your dogs to a fatal ending. I am in favour of education and responsible ownership of dogs.
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• United States
8 May 09
My dog skeeter got hit by a car today and passed away. He did not suffer thankfully. There are no words to describe how I feel. My boyfriend saw it take place and I ran outside immediately. He was own his leash on the back porch and saw a bunny or bird and broke free and ran into the street after it. Seeing skeeter laying motionless in the street was beyond heartbreaking. My little sister who is only twelve years old had to see her dog laying in the road and the people that hit him try to drive off! I had to call 911 and run after the car to get them to stop. I was hysterical. I am still in shock. I don't think my family and I will ever get over this. Today was the first day I ever saw my father cry. I hope no pet owner has to experience anything close to what I did today.
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• United States
25 Sep 08
Last night at 7pm my dog (9 months old) ran out of my house, at first she did not run into the street, but after seeing some girls across the street she decided to run and then come back. I opened the car door for her to jump in but for some reason she did not and she loves car rides. She once again ran into the street (the speed limit is 25) a man going at least 45 in a van ran right into her. She went right under the van. It took a while for him to be able to stop and back up. My dog scooted across the road with being paralized in her whole back end. We rushed her to the local Aminal Hospital which felt like the longests ride of my life. On the outside she had minor cuts but her stomach you could see she wasbleeding internally. When we got to the ER they ran her in, 2 seconds later they came out and said they could not get a paulse. They started CPR but when they put the tube into her throat they seen alot of internal bleeding from getting struck right in the chest. I had a feeling it was not easy for her to breath because of the sounds she was making. I loved my dog so very much but what hurts me the most is that: The man was not able to even swerve because he was going so fast, what if that was a child. -Missing my Baby-
@coffeeshot (3787)
• Australia
12 Apr 08
This would have been really really horrific for you, mode. I work in a vet surgery and i sometimes see dogs who've been hit badly by cars and it never gets easier. It is common for dogs to run away in shock after they've been hit. Unfortunately, there are many things that could affect the dog such as head trauma, internal bleeding and shock. I suggest you try calling all the vet surgeries in the area and even the pound to ask if anyone brought it in. Even if they did have to euthanase the dog, at least it would be a relief for you to know what happened. Thank you for being such a great person and stopping to help the dog. Most people would just keep driving by.
@Hatley (127138)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 10
oh mode this brings back another horrific thing i saw as a teen,We were on vacation and driving along a country road in wyoming when 'a big white dog ran out in front of my dad's car. He could not stop in time and hit the dog hard. then instead of stopping he 'drove off as I and my mom both said, you have to go back,you are not supposed to leave the scene when you hit an animal of any kind.He said he did not want to be hassled by the police and he refused to go back. I will never forget that as I looked 'back there was a little boy maybe ten or so, crying as he held that dying dog. I hated my dad for that and always remembered that, I guess I was maybe fifteen or so. I have always loved dogs and he really hurt that dog, I am sure it would not live but he did' break the law too. You are to stay on the scene and call the police as this is the law. If they had caught my dad he would have had to pay a huge fine. Although it was an accident and he did not intentionally hit the dog, the fact is he did not stop to render any assistance and to report the accident. My god would he have stopped had he hit a person? No I am 83 and I never did get over it really. I despised my dad for this and for m any other instances of like behavior.
• United States
28 Apr 09
I know you posted this a year ago, but I just witness what you did yesterday. I can't get the dog out of my head. What bothers me the most is that my husband and I are the only ones that stopped for the dog laying in the road, while everyong drove around it, watching the blood come out of his mouth. I got out of the car to stop traffic, then the dog jumped up and ran away! I called 911 and they said they would send someone out to look for the dog. I left by the time they came (if they came). I can't concentrate at work..I can't sleep..because when I close my eyes...I only see that dog. That poor innocent dog! How can people just drive around it and go about their day?!..Meanwhile, I sit here and weep silently for the dog. My husband is tired of hearing it. I decided to just write you. You may not even see this email...but I had to get it out.