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Lost Dog In Watson

By downindowner 31 January 2012 27

Last Sunday afternoon (29th January) my daughter was at Watson Shops.  Her little white whippet-cross broke free while my daughter was inside the supermarket and ran out onto the road where she was struck by a car.  The driver didn’t stop (boo!).

A witness from the adjacent flats told us he saw the incident.  DeeDee subsequently ran off somewhere and went to ground, as hurt dogs often do.  A sizeable search party was amassed and we spent several hours combing the streets of Watson, but to no avail. 

Have you seen her?  She was wearing a brown leather collar and has a few marks on her forehead from a persistent skin complaint – she’s a homely little creature but well-loved.  She is micro-chipped (but doesn’t have tags).  If you have any information, please let us know by posting below, or by calling 6241 7149.

Thanks riotacters. 

PS.  DeeDee was in no way involved in the fracas near the tent embassy last Thursday.  She is not a dodgy builder and she doesn’t own a Holden Calais nor live in Charnwood.

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HenryBG 8:44 am 20 Feb 12

Gobbo said :

Pork Hunt said :

Is there a road rule that says you have to stop after hitting an animal?

Worst case was that you’d get a bill for any damage to the car or that the driver gave it a second thump to put the animal out of its misery.

Now, where did I put that flak jacket..?
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Not a road rule, but an animal welfare rule.

Section 10 of the Animal Welfare Act 1992 states the following:

Alleviation of pain
(1) A person (other than a person in charge of an animal) commits an offence if—
(a) the person injures an animal; and
(b) the person does not take reasonable steps (including, if appropriate, seeking veterinary treatment) to alleviate any pain suffered by the animal.
Maximum penalty: 100 penalty units, imprisonment for 1 year or both.

This section wasn’t intended to apply to road kill, and I would love to know if anybody has suffered the extreme misfortune of coming across a public prosecutor malicious enough to have used it against them in this way?

sandrinha 10:56 pm 19 Feb 12

“Her little white whippet-cross broke free while my daughter was inside the supermarket and ran out onto the road where she was struck by a car. ”

Glad you found DeeDee. Just curious about the actual reason for her running away.
Was DeeDee in a leash? Was she ever trained to stay and wait? It seems to me that she needs to learn the basics and bond better with your daughter to avoid running away in the future. It is all about connecting owners with dogs and building this trust through constant day to day training.

Pork Hunt 5:49 pm 03 Feb 12

Gobbo said :

Pork Hunt said :

Is there a road rule that says you have to stop after hitting an animal?

Worst case was that you’d get a bill for any damage to the car or that the driver gave it a second thump to put the animal out of its misery.

Now, where did I put that flak jacket..?
.

Not a road rule, but an animal welfare rule.

Section 10 of the Animal Welfare Act 1992 states the following:

Alleviation of pain
(1) A person (other than a person in charge of an animal) commits an offence if—
(a) the person injures an animal; and
(b) the person does not take reasonable steps (including, if appropriate, seeking veterinary treatment) to alleviate any pain suffered by the animal.
Maximum penalty: 100 penalty units, imprisonment for 1 year or both.

Thanks for that Gobbo, I’ll bear that in mind if I ever accidentally run over a snake…

Watson 8:09 am 02 Feb 12

Sandman said :

Who’s to say if the driver even knew they hit something? If you’ve got the radio turned up, the animal hits the wheel, how would you know if a small dog has bounced off your plastic flexible bumper? Hitting things at low speed (which I assume most would be doing past the Watson shops) would feel like a small pothole if anything to most people.

If you’re driving in a carpark and you don’t notice the dog you hit running around in circles in pain near your car, I question your level of concentration and awareness of what goes on around you.

I once had a young guy drive over my dog when she jumped off the back of a stationary ute. Obviously he was not at fault because the dog did jump right in front of his car and he was not driving fast at all. But the fact that he did not notice a big dog ready to jump off this ute parked on a narrow street did not at all give me confidence in his defensive driving abilities.

This isn’t about the law or about who’s at fault. But if I could choose who I would rather share the road with, the person who was oblivious to the fact that they hit a dog (or was about to hit it), the person who did notice but didn’t bother stopping or the person who was aware they hit an animal and got out to assist, I know who I would choose.

Sandman 9:58 pm 01 Feb 12

Who’s to say if the driver even knew they hit something? If you’ve got the radio turned up, the animal hits the wheel, how would you know if a small dog has bounced off your plastic flexible bumper? Hitting things at low speed (which I assume most would be doing past the Watson shops) would feel like a small pothole if anything to most people.

Gobbo 9:43 pm 01 Feb 12

Pork Hunt said :

Is there a road rule that says you have to stop after hitting an animal?

Worst case was that you’d get a bill for any damage to the car or that the driver gave it a second thump to put the animal out of its misery.

Now, where did I put that flak jacket..?
.

Not a road rule, but an animal welfare rule.

Section 10 of the Animal Welfare Act 1992 states the following:

Alleviation of pain
(1) A person (other than a person in charge of an animal) commits an offence if—
(a) the person injures an animal; and
(b) the person does not take reasonable steps (including, if appropriate, seeking veterinary treatment) to alleviate any pain suffered by the animal.
Maximum penalty: 100 penalty units, imprisonment for 1 year or both.

Evil_Kitten 8:49 pm 01 Feb 12

downindowner said :

As for sueing for damages to their car: really? tiny dog vs tonne of metal? ooh ooh your dog’s tooth scratched my paintwork. seems a bit of a long bow to me…

It is the law though – if your dog is not under control and causes damage to someone’s car, you are up for the costs.

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