Baltimore, MD asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Pennsylvania

Q: A dog ran out into the road and hit my car. I pulled over and attempted to find the dog but he was no where to be found

I was doing at most 35mph, I walked down the block and attempted to find the dog. I couldn’t find the dog so I left because there was no damage to my car and the dog appeared okay. I didn’t report it to anyone because there was no outside and because of the dog being gone. I’m located in PA so I’m not sure if there are any protocols I should’ve followed?

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
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  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Hit and run is when you are involved in a collision and there is damage to property or person. Sounds like you have no duty to report it. If you wish you can call up the police for the area where it happened. Make note of when you call. If they say no problem, then just say "thank you."

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
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  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: On second thoughts, you should at least call the police department as the dog may be someone's property,and while they are responsible for letting it out unleashed & uncontrolled, you want to avoid any fallout from someone claiming you should have. In Connecticut it would be required. Here, not so clear.

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