I think it was a doberman type dog. It was about 9.30pm, and as I was driving it ran out on to the road and was narrowly missed by a scooter in front of me. But I had to do an emergency stop and sound my horn very forcefully. The car behind also had to stop to a halt.
If I'd hit it, injured or killed the dog, what would have been my legal duty, if any?
1) Leave it, drive on 2) Phone 999 3) Inform local police station
Many years ago I ran over a dog,although it was more like it ran over me as it was a very large great Dane type of dog, stopping to inspected both car and dog, there was no sign of the dog, but the radiator however was pushed back into the cooling fan (they had them in those days) and water was everywhere,I ended up having to call out a tow truck,and lost my no claims bonus.
I don't know what happened to the dog,and due to the lack of a body the police were not interested.
Luckily there was no damage to any cars or injury to any people but it could have been that way. I may have had to swerve, the car behind may have hit me etc. I couldn't have cared less about that dog.
Its always sad seeing dead animals on the road. Birds, badgers, cats, foxes etc going about their normal business, crossing to the other side, eating scraps etc. This dog was moving back and forth between the middle of the road and the pavement.
I once saw about 7 ducklings following their mother duck in a neat line crossing an A road. It was a mid summer afternoon and as I drove past I was worried for them because it was a 60/70mph road. I actually wanted to stop and try to help them cross but it was not safe to do so. I was worried for them a few days after, wondering if they'd all made it safe to the other side of the road. I think they did, they were about half way across and clearly visible so cars would have had plently of time to slow down/avoid them.
I used to ride a motorcycle to & from work,on the early shift the roadside was frequented by plenty of rabbits.I used to wear steel toe-capped boots & as I rode past the rabbits I would attempt to kick them.Those I hit,I would stop and gather up to take home and use to feed the dog.