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Q: La. law for hitting (vehicular) an animal

December 5, 2008 | By Angel M. | 8 answers | Expired: 2199 days ago

Angel M.

I was driving the other day and I saw a man hit a pet dog while driving. Of course, the dog should have been on his leash. But, the man looked and then kept driving. When I stopped, it was obvious that the dogs leg/hip was broken. It was late and I'm sure the vets office was closed. But, the man could have stopped to check on the animal. He lives in my neighborhood and now I know that he doesn't care about what he did. What else should I have done?

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Missy M.
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Dec 06, 2008

Not really clear if the dog's owner was there. But on the guy that hit the dog, call either the police or animal control. The police because a crime was commited and animal control if the police refuse to act (sometimes thats the case) if nothing else, this is a case of animal cruelty.

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Lourdes M.
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Dec 06, 2008

Assuming you took care of teh dogh ... as for the man -- call the police so he can be punished

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SweetieKisses
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Dec 06, 2008

Criminal OR Civil liability may exist under La. R.S. 14:120.2, which provides, in part:

102.1. Cruelty to animals; simple and aggravated

A.(1) Any person who intentionally or with criminal negligence commits any of the following shall be guilty of simple cruelty to animals:

(a) Overdrives, overloads, drives when overloaded, or overworks a living animal.

(b) Torments, cruelly beats, or unjustifiably injures any living animal, whether belonging to himself or another.

(c) Having charge, custody, or possession of any animal, either as owner or otherwise, unjustifiably fails to provide it with proper food, proper drink, proper shelter, or proper veterinary care.

(d) Abandons any animal. A person shall not be considered to have abandoned an animal if he delivers to an animal control center an animal which he found running at large.

(e) Impounds or confines or causes to be impounded or confined in a pound or other place, a living animal and fails to supply it during such confinement with proper food, proper drink, and proper shelter.

(f) Carries, or causes to be carried, a living animal in or upon a vehicle or otherwise, in a cruel or inhumane manner.

(g) Unjustifiably administers any poisonous or noxious drug or substance to any domestic animal or unjustifiably exposes any such drug or substance, with intent that the same shall be taken or swallowed by any domestic animal.

(h) Injures any animal belonging to another person without legal privilege or consent of the owner.

(i) Mistreats any living animal by any act or omission whereby unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain, suffering, or death is caused to or permitted upon the animal.

(j) Causes or procures to be done by any person any act enumerated in this Subsection.

(2)(a) Whoever commits the crime of simple cruelty to animals shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars, or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

(b) In addition to any other penalty imposed, a person who commits the crime of cruelty to animals shall be ordered to perform five eight-hour days of court-approved community service. The community service requirement shall not be suspended.

B.(1) Any person who intentionally or with criminal negligence tortures, maims, or mutilates any living animal, whether belonging to himself or another, shall be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals.

(2) Any person who tampers with livestock at a public livestock exhibition or at a private sale shall also be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals.

(3) Any person who causes or procures to be done by any person any act designated in this Subsection shall also be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals.

(4) Whoever commits the crime of aggravated cruelty to animals shall be fined not less than five thousand dollars nor more than twenty-five thousand dollars or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or both.

(5) For purposes of this Subsection, where more than one animal is tortured, maimed, mutilated, or maliciously killed1 or where more than one head of livestock is tampered with, each act comprises a separate offense. et seq
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This information can be read IN FULL by Googling "vehicle" +animal and/or going to the Louisiana State Legislature's site and looking for 14:102.1 under "Louisiana Laws"....

www.legis.state.la.us/

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Ethel02
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Dec 06, 2008

You should have put the dog in your car drive home and look in the phone book for an emergency hosp and taken the dog or if you knew where the dog lived called the owners then you tell the emergency hosp or owners who the driver was and follow up with a call to the police, in most states it is illegal to leave a dog if you hit it with a car without getting it help, there is no law for cats. Please tell us what hapened to the dog.

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Automonkey08
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Dec 05, 2008

Well i hope the dog servived. I would have taken his tag number called the police and had the dog treated. Then i would have given him the bill. I hope he gets some kind of punishment for what he's done.

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Elizabeth  M.
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Dec 05, 2008

I imagine you took the dog to the emergency hospital?? And hopefully the dog recovered. If I couldn't have picked the dog up I would have called the police if I didn't know how ot get in touch with animal control. (Some police stations do animal control too.) The next day (after calming down) I would have gone to the neighbor and explain that you saw him hit the animal. I doubt he'd want to help pay the vet bill but he should know that he was seen being a creep. I would probably also write a short letter to the editor to your local paper -- it's a good way to remind people they need to have some compassion should it ever happen to them.

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Freeman796
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Dec 05, 2008

First of all, did anyone get out and help the dog? Do you know what happened to him? Secondly, if no one wanted to approach the dog or take him to the vet, then animal control should have been called immediately. Where I live, you reach animal control by calling the police non-emergency number.

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Melissa S.
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Dec 05, 2008

First - what happened to the dog?
What about writing a letter to the editor or bringing it up with a council person for the area or make it a discussion point even in the community. It is a great hypothetical discussion to begin a discourse about the topic.

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