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Squawk of the day - April 26, 2012

"To the guy who hit the dog on Slappey Drive and kept going: I hope I ruined your day by following you until the police arrived."

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Comments

waltspecht 2 years, 6 months ago

Good job, folks do need to be held accountable for their actions. The Police can't be everywhere, but the Cell Phones sure can tell them where andd why they are needed.

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jamesculbreth 2 years, 6 months ago

He admitted to the officer he knew he hit the dog, and he was trying to call someone. The officer said you don't know the # to 911.

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billybob 2 years, 6 months ago

911 is for emergencies. Hitting a dog running in the road is not an emergency. The officer clearly needs remedial training.

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VietVet1 2 years, 6 months ago

Sorry to hear about the dog - but isn't there a leash law?

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 6 months ago

Only in Albany does an unleashed dog have the right of way. (no, it wasnt me that hit the dog, and I am sad that it was hit... but there is no law against it... i mean, it's not leaving the scene of an accident is it?)

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VSU 2 years, 6 months ago

Wonder if he could be arrested for involuntary dogslaughter?

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jglass 2 years, 6 months ago

You don't just hit an animal and keep on keeping on. I wonder if the person even tried to avoid the dog. And, on Slappey as well, it is the "jay walking" street of the city. Yes, there is suppose to be a leash law, but is it the dog's fault that it's owner didn't have it on a leash? You go squawker!!!!

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VSU 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm sorry about the dog, should not have been running around loose, but perhaps the driver didn't see the dog and know that he hit a dog.

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Susan123 2 years, 6 months ago

How do you NOT know that you hit a dog?? They knew!

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Sally_O 2 years, 6 months ago

He could have been texting, could have been drunk, could have had music playing too loud. With trash all over the place, maybe he thought he ran over a hubcap or a piece of wood or something that feel off a truck. There could be several reasons he didn't know, maybe he did do it on purpose but why don't you ask him? Unless we were in the car with him, we don't know what was going on in his mind.

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gotanyfacts 2 years, 6 months ago

Since there is no law regarding hit and run involving animals, I would like to know the rest of the story. In my mind's eye , I see a person talking on the phone while following the "perp" as a police car, lights flashing and sirens screaming, pulls over the offender to tell the driver he was inconsiderate (or thoughtless, cruel, evil, vile etc. depending on your emotional involvement).

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 6 months ago

Now that I read you comment, I see this too... the squawker being intent on ruining the guy's day, chasing him down, being all vigilante, and prolly more of a danger since he was on the phone, with no concern about anyone but the dog and the guy who hit it.

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alleebrin 2 years, 6 months ago

It's such a shame that so-called domestic animals are left to run loose. Left to me, people would have to quality to have children, pets and old people!!!

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alleebrin 2 years, 6 months ago

It's such a shame that so-called domestic animals are left to run loose. Left to me, people would have to quality to have children, pets and old people!!!

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SweetPea 2 years, 6 months ago

If you were so concerned about the dog, why didn't you stop to help it?

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waltspecht 2 years, 6 months ago

I believe there is a .law or code that says you have to stop and render aid, and inform the animals owner. I think it got passed with the CAT law that says they really aren't domesticated so their owners can't be held responsible for them scratching the paint on your new vehicle. That is if my memory is serving me correctly.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 6 months ago

Good for you!! We need more caring people like you in this town. Dogs have feelings too and people need to understand that. I hate hear about the dog. I hope it is going to be ok. Thank you for your good deed.

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Cartman 2 years, 6 months ago

Justice for Snoopy! He was run over like a dog!

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LuLu 2 years, 6 months ago

Would you stop if you hit a squirrel? A bird?

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gladileftalbany 2 years, 6 months ago

Who cares about the laws and owner. Bottom line this guy who ran over this defenseless animal is a heartless a**hole. Karma will get him sooner or later.

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erudite 2 years, 6 months ago

Have to do it: His karma ran over the dogma!!

Sorry, I am a huge animal lover; if I had hit the dog, I would be so upset. I would offer all sorts of condolences, money to bury the dog, or to get it medical help... If I had seen the dog, I would have totaled my car (and it's new!) to miss that dog.

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TheBoss 2 years, 6 months ago

If you are driving on Slappey and suddenly slam on the brakes you are going to get rear ended. Then here comes Ken Nugent.... not me. Its too bad for the dog, cat, squirrel, turtle, duck or goose.

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stc1993 2 years, 6 months ago

They teach you that in driving school don't swerve to miss an animal especially at a high rate of speed. Not that he should be speeding on Slappey.

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gladileftalbany 2 years, 6 months ago

Bottom line is the guy who hit that poor, defenseless animal has no heart. That was someones pet.Karma will get that d-bag back one day.

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gladileftalbany 2 years, 6 months ago

All of you people are heartless comparing a dog to a bird or goose! Karma will bite all of you folks in the rear! That dog was someones pet!

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 6 months ago

It was more than likely a stray, who lives on Slappey? I know it doesn't make it any better or worse, but we don't know the whole story. Dogs are left on the side of the road all the time. THOSE people are worse than someone who hits a dog that darts out into traffic.

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gotanyfacts 2 years, 6 months ago

I knew Karma in college. She was much too mellow to bite anyone in the rear!

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agonized 2 years, 6 months ago

I can't speak to waltspecht's comment about a city ordinance on point, but if the dog was dead on impact or couldn't walk, it would be a greater traffic hazard with people swerving to avoid hitting it after the fact, than if the guy would have slammed on brakes to let the dog pass in the first place. I would bet this wasn't a toy poodle, but a larger dog. And if a person ended up running into the back of the guy slamming on brakes, they would have been ticketed for following too closely. As unfair as that is, as far as I know, the person who hits the back of the car in a wreck is almost always at fault, even if the car in front suddenly slammed on brakes or just suddenly turned right without a signal (my personal pet peeve). That is why one MUST drive so defensively in Albany. No knowledge of rules of the road + apathy - personal responsibility - driver courtesy = Albany traffic

Plus, hitting a dog and leaving it to die is just a heartless thing to do.

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VSU 2 years, 6 months ago

Is it just me, or does this story have the Zimmerman/Martin overtones to it? This squawk is he did this, he did that and everybody accusing someone without knowing all the facts. If we were not there we really do not know what happened.

Did the dog die or just get hurt? There was no mention of the outcome, just that a driver hit a dog and kept going.

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Sally_O 2 years, 6 months ago

The story itself doesn't except for the part about following the driver, and I see what you mean in a way, regarding accusations without the facts, but other than that...totally diferent scenerio.

I too am curious about the dog, no mentioning about whether it died or just got hurt.

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mr_nobody 2 years, 6 months ago

Squawker, if you are so concerned about a dog being hit, why didn't you get the tag number and then go back and check on the dog? To me, your actions are no different than the car who hit the dog. Both of you left an injured dog on the side of the road. Good job, Squawker.

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VSU 2 years, 6 months ago

Ditto, Looks like the squawker was more concerned about catching the driver than helping that poor dog (Providing the dog was still alive) This person would have made a poor EMT.

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jamesculbreth 2 years, 6 months ago

There was a couple who stopped, they took dog to vet and I got tag # and followed the car.

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jamesculbreth 2 years, 6 months ago

No I didn't leave the dog. A couple stopped and took dog to vet Mr_Nobody!

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mr_nobody 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you for sharing your info, and for staying with the dog!!! I hope it makes it through ok, and finds either it's home, or a good home to go to.

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erudite 2 years, 6 months ago

Since this is a 'good Xtian town', why don't the veterinarians get together to have a discounted Spay/Neuter Day? A while back, the 'good life city' had a meeting about feral cats; I thought, "oh good, vets and people will come together and spay/neuter feral cats and stop the numbers!" But no, the town decided that legitimate owners of cats had to 'chip' their cats so if picked up as a stray, the cat would be returned.

I am still waiting for good veterinarians to come together for something like this; it does not have to be free but a little pain shot, snip, snip and off you go won't be a bad plan. Sure female cats have a bit more invasive surgery but little 'holding areas' could exist.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 6 months ago

I think there is a vet in town who does this. Call Dr. Freeland. Here is his website. http://www.petpartnersalbany.com/

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Oldguy 2 years, 6 months ago

You can also contact Dr. Carie Wisell. Web site is: www.companionaha.com

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jamesculbreth 2 years, 6 months ago

StrongTo all concerned, the dog was taken to the vet. To all concerned about the driver who hit the dog, I imagine he was, at the least ticketed for sagging pants.

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erudite 2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks!! I have a few 'visiting' kiities that need to meet the Doc!!

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Somebody 2 years, 6 months ago

Good, hopefully the dog will be okay.

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