Shiba Inu dies after being hit by Mercedes car near Queenstown, dog owner looking for driver

Witnesses tried to stop driver by waving at the car.

Alfie Kwa | June 01, 2021, 01:08 PM

Editor's note on June 1, 6:45pm: The owner of this Shiba Inu has filed a police report and has since removed her online appeal to find the driver.


A dog was hit by a car near Queenstown at around 7:20pm on May 30.

The driver was caught driving off without stopping after the accident, as seen from CCTV footages gathered.

The owner is now appealing for witnesses to provide more information about the incident and to identify the said driver.

The car did not stop after the accident

One CCTV in the neighbourhood that captured the accident shows the dog was running in the direction of the moving car when the car collided into the dog.

Warning: distressing video ahead

After hitting the dog, the driver continued driving, without stopping to check on the dog.

The owner claimed that two witnesses at the scene tried to stop the car but the driver did not stop.

She has since managed to get more surveillance videos from her neighbours.

While she identified that it is a black Mercedes car,  she could not see the car plate number or the driver's face.

Dog ran out of the house

Since the owner put out the appeal on social media, a few commenters pointed out that the dog was not leashed.

The owner told Mothership that the dog managed to escape from the house even though the owner had tried to restrain the dog prior to the accident.

She said on her Instagram Story, "Yes it is unfortunate that this has happened. And yes if I knew he was going out of the house, I would've leashed him. But, this does not absolve any liability from the driver to hit he dog and speed away after".

She also added that the driver should "at least have the decency to get out to check", especially when people were waving at the car.

Speaking to Mothership, the owner also clarified that the purpose of her social media posts is to seek closure to the driver’s act of fleeing after the accident.

Driver has the duty to stop in case of accident

If a road accident occurs resulting in the injury or death to any animal, the driver of the motor vehicle must stop the vehicle if he has reasonable grounds to believe that the animal has an owner or if the injured or dead animal lying on the road is likely to pose any safety hazard to other road users.

The driver involved is obliged to take reasonable steps to inform the animal's owner of the injured and death and provide the owner with the driver’s particulars.

If the person fails to comply, he/she may face a fine of up to S$3,000 or to imprisonment of up to 12 months or both.

For a second or subsequent conviction, the person will face a fine of up to S$5,000 or to imprisonment for a term of up to two years or both.

Top images via owner's Facebook and Instagram accounts.