Many moons ago I was driving to the airport in Taoyuan and from a distance I saw a dog in the middle of the road and assumed it was dead. As i got closer i realized it was still alive but probably mortally wounded. The only thing I could do was to go over the dog (my Peugeot had a high ground clearance) to avoid running it over. Such a sad sad situ. And most likely resulting in the dog dying a horrible death. In pain and in the hot sun. This was before the days of the cellfone. So I really didn’t know if there was anything I could do. Being the freeway, it is dangerous to stop and try to move the dog out of the road.
When animals are run over here on the freeways in the bay area, they are never removed, only run over again and again until only fragments remain, just a smear on the roadway.
Its been a long long time, but i can still remember that dog.
Putting a mortally wounded animal out of it’s misery is the right thing to do.
I remember last year , i believe, in the area where i live. I came across a deer on the side of the road that had been wounded. It was not able to walk and was lying on the side of the road. It was still able to nibble at the branches around it. I had to hurry to work, but called 911 from my cellfone. Told the relevant authorities about the deer.
I had hoped it was not greatly injured and could be helped. When i drove back in the evening (was still daylight in the summertime) I looked for the deer. And then i saw it, right at the same spot where it was in the morning .
Except minus its HEAD !
The cops may have come and shot it dead in the head and then removed the head . Left the carcass to rot for many days before the road crew came around to picking it up for disposal.
It was too dangerous or not worthwhile to save that deer. Deer being so common where we are. Too bad they couldn’t transport it immediately to a zoo and let the lions or tigers have a real feast?