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Police Looking For FedEx Driver Who Struck, Killed Dog

It's not clear if the driver knew the dog had been hit.

August 02, 2018 - 6:50 pm

FERNDALE (WWJ) - Ferndale police are searching for the Federal Express driver who struck and killed a dog earlier this month.

Sergeant Baron Brown says it happened around 11 a.m. on July 17, as a woman was walking two dogs at the intersection of West Maplehurst and Livernois roads.

"The dogs were kind of walking in front of her and as they were entering into the crosswalk -- the dog got hit," says Brown.

It's not clear if the driver knew the dog had been hit.

"It missed her, thankfully, but it did hit one of her dogs - who did pass from his injuries," says Brown. 

The dog's owner believes the driver was speeding.

"It's always the vehicle driver's responsibility to make sure the roadway is clear, especially when you are near a crosswalk," says Brown. "But just the nature of the architecture environment that we live in - that's not always so readily apparent - we have some blind corners and I don't know if that one is one or not."

In Michigan, animals are not considered property - so we don't have the elements that would constitute a hit-and-run, notes Brown. 

He says as it wasn't a human being that was struck, the incident isn't a crime in Michigan, but the dog owner is looking for closure in the case.  

Anyone who had a package delivered in that area around that time is asked to provide the tracking number with Ferndale police.