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Wow...it has been nice to rant- get stuff off my chest...<br><br><br><br>
Just the other day, we drove by a duck flailing around in the road... he had been hit by a car and left to die in the middle of the road. His mate was by the road. We went back to get him and he was dead....a man on a bike picked him up and placed him in the bushes.<br><br><br><br>
I have seen this happen to a buck, several moose, a racoon, a ground hog, dogs, cats, geese...(one had her babies with her).<br><br><br><br>
How can people be so heartless? What is worse is when the animal is trying to get out of the road and the cars just whiz by...refusing to stop and let it get up and out of the way.<br><br><br><br>
AHHHH!!! IT KILLS ME!
 

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I've seen scumbags deliberately swerve to hit birds. I can only hope they one day get hit and the driver who hit them flees the scene.
 

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What is worse is people showing off what they have hit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:">
 

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Yeah I was walking my dog the other day and we came upon a family of ducks and were watching them from a distance when all of a sudden... smack.zoom
 

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*SENSITIVE*<br><br><br><br>
I was brought to tears this past weekend while running. I saw a gorgeous black cat in the street ahead of me. I suspect it had been tortured and not hit by a vehicle. It had a small bloody red spot on its chest (like an incision or possibly a bee bee gun shot, but I'm not sure if bee bees penetrate??) It looked like a stab. There was no blood around the cat, no puddles. I've seen lots of roadkill on my runs, but the reason this was so gruesome was because it looked as if it had been mutilated and placed there. It looked like somone had posed it. It had one eye, poked out and hanging a bit, so it looked huge and round, just sitting at the socket, bugged out -- again, no blood. Then it had its tongue pulled out and placed to the side as if it was hanging out or sticking its tongue out. It was almost as if the person tried to make it look funny. So sick. I just couldn't help but tear up.
 

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Thank you for your sensitivity Strix, it sounds like a car hit that poor cat.<br><br><br><br>
This happened to my son's cat and his end was very much like what you described. My boys were out back shooting hoops when a drunk drove home. It was twilight and baby kitty was out with her boys while they shot hoops with the other kids on the lane. I heard my youngest screaming in horror as he watched his friend die, its eye in the same condition you described, its precious body twisting with pain. My oldest and my nephew were running after the car throwing sticks and stones at the vehicle trying to get her to stop, she never did. She soon left the neighborhood because the kids that were playing B-ball that night made her feel so guilty.<br><br><br><br>
Tears are the only reasonable response.
 

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Awhile back, I nailed a rather large dog head-on with my car...I would have loved to swerve, but there were 3-4 other dogs crossing the road together, and to move would risk hitting more than one dog. I didn't stop, because of the obvious death of teh dog, and my fear that this was possibly a pack of wild dogs, all very large and with the smell of fresh blood in the air.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
I would love to find the owner, or former owner, of that dog, and give him a small taste of what I was forced to do to that dog.
 

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Yesterday while coming home from work I saw a small bird diving to the centre of the road. As I got closer I realized that he was flying next to his dead mate and narrowly missing getting hit himself. I stopped the car and ran out to get the dead bird. She was still alive and I took her to my vet's office. She was too severely injured and they euthanized her.<br><br><br><br>
JM - you can never assume that an animal is dead. Unconscious can look a lot like dead to one speeding off in their car.
 

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i get so angry when i see or hear of hit and runs it makes me feel sik !!<br><br>
i have lost a cat to a hit and runs and my friends has los talot of her cats this way<br><br>
its sad to see an animal tryig to drag itself to the side but cars just keeep on hitting it - i never have my friend told me and shes like me parents wouldt stop so i guess there was nothing she cud do
 

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There are two sides to this...<br><br><br><br>
First and foremost, if a dog is hit by a car it's the "owner's" fault. (Except in circumstances like where the padlock has been cut and the dogs let out, but that's just criminal.) The dog should never have been allowed to wander in the first place. Cats are harder to contain, but still if someone hit my cat and brought him/her to the door I wouldn't blame because it would have been an accident. I'm pretty sure our cats avoid the road anyway but still.<br><br><br><br>
Second though, I DO think that if you hit an animal you should stop. Even if it is dead, because (and this is especially true in rural areas) the carrion may attract other animals which will in turn possibly be hit by other cars. When we were living in one house I TWICE had to move dead cats off the road, because the people who hit them couldn't be bothered (this is a really quiet street). Once it was my next door neighbour's cat. I wasn't going to leave it there as even though it's a quiet street it was about the time people come home from work, and I could just imagine a little kid coming out and finding Fluffy squished beyond recognition. So the first one I moved to the side and went looking for the owner. With the help of a neighbour I found her. With the second as I said she was my neighbour's cat. I shouldn't have to do that. The person who hit it should have been responsible enough to do that. Cats are loved pets too. I always think if it had been a dog hit the person probably would have stopped and moved it, at the very least.<br><br><br><br>
Johnny, in your situation I understand, but did you have to say "nailed"?
 

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We had a thread on this recently, and I am of the (rather unpopular) opinion that in most cases, I would not stop. In my own neighborhood with a neighbor's pet? Probably. Elsewhere, where I do not know the animals or people in the neighborhood? Probably not.<br><br>
For wildlife? Very few circumstances where I would stop.
 

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One thing I'd like to point out about wild animals hurt on the side of the road. A hurt animal can be a very dangerous animal.<br><br><br><br>
I was once in a car and the driver had struck an owl accidentally on the highway. Thinking it was dead, he figured he may as well take it to a taxidermist, and so we put it in the back seat of the car and drove off. It was not dead. The damn thing nearly killed us once it regained consciousness.... it totally freaked out. You have never felt power until you have felt an owl's talons digging into your arm. The back seat and back of the front seats were pretty much tore to shreds.<br><br><br><br>
I would exercise a lot of caution if you plan to stop and assist any injured animal.<br><br><br><br>
Oh, and apparently auto insurance does not cover "owl damage" either <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Didn't something similar happen with a deer in a David Spade / Chris Farley movie? "Tommy Boy" perhaps?<br><br><br><br>
<<Tame slinks away to drink away the hiedous memories of that piece of filth.>>
 

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Tame: not sure. Never saw the movie. I know there was a joke going around about 5 or 6 years ago with a some guy's 911 call that he was trapped ina phone both cause the deer he thought he had killed, and put in his back seat, woke up and bit him on the neck.<br><br><br><br>
ETA: Rick's arm was that tore up from the talons that the doctors told him there was a chance of amputation below the elbow. He's had 2 or 3 surgeries on it over the years on the same forearm. It's scarred up pretty badly. A great horned owl is a much bigger, stronger bird than people think.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by shewolf</i><br><br><b><br><br><br><br>
Johnny, in your situation I understand, but did you have to say "nailed"?</b></div>
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I get blunt when I'm angry, sorry.<br><br><br><br>
And, Raine...it was 3 am on a country road, and there were several other large dogs in the area...plus, horribly, I KNOW that dog was dead or dying beyond any hope.
 

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I think just the simple gesture of stopping, getting out, and acknowledging what occurred is still appropriate- even if you are certain the animal has died or is dying. Kinda a moment of recognition, ya know? Just keepin' on driving seems so....cold and uncaring. If someone hit me and kept on driving, as I lay there in agony in the middle of the road....wow....what a way to go. Nobody around to care....
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by aksjg</i><br><br><b>I think just the simple gesture of stopping, getting out, and acknowledging what occurred is still appropriate- even if you are certain the animal has died or is dying. Kinda a moment of recognition, ya know? Just keepin' on driving seems so....cold and uncaring. If someone hit me and kept on driving, as I lay there in agony in the middle of the road....wow....what a way to go. Nobody around to care....</b></div>
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I hit a dog, not a person; we're talking about a pack of dogs, not a group of human beings here, remember? If I hit a person, and stop, the other people are going to give me a hand getting him to a hospital. I get out for the dog, the other dogs might attack me(rather large dogs, too), and even if I get that giant dog I hit into my car, I have to drive home and try to find a vet that will do anything, and then drive another 30 minutes BACK to the vet...
 

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You make some good points....definitely no point in putting yourself in harm's way. I guess in that case I would have backed up my car to assess the situation. Sometimes there is SOMETHING we can do that wasn't apparent when we whizzed by. I'm not giving you are hard time, johnny. I (thank god) have never hit an animal. I can't even imagine what I would do. I know I would be devastated....
 
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