Massachusetts Police searching for person who ran over dog, offer reminder about leash laws

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“Shortly before 7: 00 a.m. on October 16, 2023, a dog was struck and injured on City Depot Road. The vehicle that struck the dog did not stop and has not been identified yet. If anyone who was in the area of City Depot Road this morning, has any information regarding this incident they are asked to contact the Charlton Police Department at 508-248-2250 or the Charlton Animal Control Officer at 508-248-2398. So that we can follow up on the incident.

MOTORISTS are reminded that Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 272, Section 80 H requires the operator of a motor vehicle that strikes and injures or kills a dog or cat shall forthwith report such an accident to the owner or custodian of said dog or cat or to a police officer in the town wherein such accident has occurred.

A violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100 for a first offense or not more 10 days in a house of corrections and a fine of $500 and the cost of medical expenses, not to exceed $2,500, imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than 6 months or both such fine and cost and imprisonment for a second and subsequent offense. Nothing in this section shall preclude a civil cause of action including, but not limited to medical expenses, by the aggrieved party.

DOG OWNERS are reminded that Charlton has a 24-hour leash law that requires a dog to be on a leash or a substantial chain and under the control of a person competent to restrain it so that it shall not be a threat to public safety. Any dog which is permitted to wander on private property of others or on public ways without proper restraint is considered an “at large dog” that is not in compliance with this by-law.”-Charlton Police Department.

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Served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Owner of New Bedford Guide.

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