Minneapolis, MN asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Minnesota

Q: Witnessed my neighbor's dog get hit by a car and die instantly - driver left the scene but lives nearby. Illegal?

I obviously let my neighbor know immediately and she is devastated. I am wondering if we should call the cops or if there is nothing they could/would do about it. I have seen the car before and know they live in the area. Is this a crime? Should I get the car's license plate number? Or is there nothing we can do?

2 Lawyer Answers

Jonathan Matthew Holson

Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rogers, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Yes. It is something that can be reported to law enforcement. It is animal cruelty.

Thomas C Gallagher

Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: It may not be a criminal matter, unless there is evidence that it was an intentional act (or at least gross negligent act). But, you could call the police and give them the opportunity to do whatever they can.

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