Collier County man chases driver who hit dog


EAST NAPLES, Fla. — A good Samaritan helped Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies catch a man who drove off after hitting a dog on Bayshore Drive Thursday.

The dog was playing alongside another dog without a leash when the man hit it with his truck’s back trailer after attempting to swerve out of the way, a witness said.

Kenny McKinnon then jumped into the back of a man’s boat after the driver refused to stop.

“He drove away so I was kind of annoyed,” McKinnon said. “Someone has to speak for the dog.”

Deputies eventually caught the man in a parking lot near Bayshore Road and U.S. 41.

The man who hit the dog was not arrested. The condition of the dog remains unclear.

Florida law states a dog or animal is personal property and drivers can be held accountable. However, if the animal is off the leash, the law protects the motorist.

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