By byegeorge - 17/08/2012 11:26 - United Kingdom - Hounslow
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Wow, you two who are stating that the owner of the dog/the dog are at fault have obviously never had pets or just don't care about animals. There are plenty of reasons why the dog might've been in the wrong place at the wrong time. This could've been the first time the owner didn't see what their pet was doing, and maybe the pet got spooked/confused and didn't know what to do. Also, if this is a residential area, those driving should drive slow and watch for children/pets. Are you saying that if someone's child got run over, the parent is the only one at fault? Completely ridiculous.
45 - Wow the same thought process is going on in my head right now, what kind of IDIOT do you have to be to state that a dog (or a child!) being run over is the owner/parents fault? Are you even kidding me? No situation is a 100% preventable, things happen ACCIDENTS happen and the fact that these people are actually saying that "they shouldn't have been in the street" are obviously mentally impaired. As much as you'd like to control every single situation, circumstances happen and pets and children alike are sometimes too fast for you to react. In a split second they could run into the street as a car happens to pass. You people are ridiculous.
61- While I agree their grammar nazi-ness is annoying, your claim is false, and kind of close-minded. The country of South Africa is made largely of English speakers. The commenter simply forgot a word. just because somebody is from a different continent or country doesn't necessarily mean they don't speak English.
I agree with all the people saying that nothing is 100% preventable. Accidents do happen. Also, there are sick people out there who like to hurt animals (and people too). My cat was recently hit by a car and security footage from a nearby school shows my cat was never actually on the road, and some sick fuck swerved onto the sidewalk to hit her.
29- Good or not, it isn't OP's fault. The driver-in a rush or not- should have been paying attention to the road in front of him. Animal's have minds of their own and if the dog wandered into the street, that isn't OP's fault. Again, the driver should have been paying attention to the road in front of him.
#45, I think it's more the owner's fault than the driver's, if you had to put someone at fault. First, there's no indication that this was in a residential area. Second, it's not the driver's fault that a dog ran out in front of him, and since we can't really blame the dog (being a creature without the ability to think critically), then it would have to fall on the owner for making the mistake of letting the dog get out. In multiple states there is even a law saying that you can get fined for not having your dog contained (whether it be gate or leash). Granted, this is a terrible accident and happens all the time and was just very unlucky.
45 - to compare a pet to a child is ridiculous. And anyhow if your child is that young to not know not to play in the street with cars then you should not be idiotic enough to let your child play unsupervised 58 - by the time it's hard to not keep track of your child they are at the age to know not to play in the street. If they don't know that then you're doing something wrong as a parent 87 - the driver should have been paying attention yes, however he is not 100% at fault. As an owner comes responsibility of the well being of your pet. Allowing it out on the road is not being responsible. Dogs are smart but not smart enough to always know how to avoid traffic. Teaching the dog proper recall or knowing if the dog has poor recall and taking the proper preventions is responsible pet ownership
Sorry about your dog. Hope he's okay. The guy could have at least offered money or an apology instead of trying to joke about it.
An apology? Sure, money? Well I don't know about the UK and their laws but many places in the US where there are leash laws put the owner at fault here and if anything the owner would need to compensate the driver for any damages done to the vehicle by the animal (dents, flat tires, etc.)
Did it survive? If he still had a chance he could have at least offered to take it to the vet.