Well, almost my entire route, sans like a mile, is on a freeway. And usually i'm driving home from 12 am - 1 am or later. Since it is such a stretch, that passes through a lot of cities, I just wonder who I would contact, considering I think each city has its own..whatever. I've seen SO many dead animals on/in the road, that it makes me think about it everytime I see one. Aside from deer, possums, raccoons, & skunks; I've seen cats, and something I think was a german shepherd, and another that looked like a lab. I admit the "domestic" animals are harder to deal with than the "wild."
A person I work with said she hit a deer once, and called the cops, and they wouldn't kill it. They gave some reason, but I can't remember what it was.
Once, in broad daylight, I was driving down said freeway (US-23.) Traffic was pretty steady, and I saw a lump in the road ahead of me that the car in front of me passed over. I thought "Ugh. another dead animal." Then it turned its head and looked at me RIGHT as i drove over it. I didn't run it over, it was perfectly under my car to where I just drove over. I wanted to throw up because there were a million cars behind me, and I had a hard time believing it got off the road safely.
I've had a couple close calls and once when I was in high school, I hit a bird. I stopped the car and got out, but it kept hobbling (
) away from me. His wing was bloodied, and I could NOT stop crying. I felt horrible.
I've also thought about wishing I had some way to euthanize them, should it ever happen again.
The same coworker who hit the deer said she hit a rabbit a few years ago, and it wasn't dead. She felt terrible, but she put the car in reverse and ran it over again. I know I couldn't do that. I'm queasy just thinking about it.
This is why I've decided I'm going to marry a vet.
I think I'm going to call the emergency clinic here and ask what they suggest. Bringing an animal there isn't feasible if I'm an hour away in Ann Arbor, or if the animal is a deer, or some other wild/stray animal.
Thanks for your help. I appreciate it.