Owner of car who hit dog from animal shelter claims she was not the driver

The owner of the car that was involved in a hit-and-run accident involving a dog said she wasn't at the wheel.
The owner of the car that was involved in a hit-and-run accident involving a dog said she wasn't at the wheel.PHOTO: MS PERLE NG

SINGAPORE - A woman who was vilified for a hit-and-run accident involving a dog has filed a police report to say that she was not the driver when the accident occurred, said the Animal Lovers League (ALL).

The dog, Sayang, bolted into the jungle after being hit on Sunday (Oct 23) morning, said ALL, an animal shelter.

Sayang had slipped out of the shelter's open gate as the volunteers prepared to bring the dogs on their weekly walks.

A volunteer who witnessed the accident said that the dog was underneath the car for two to three seconds.

It managed to free itself and dashed away after the car stopped. It was traumatised, and there was blood around its mouth, ALL said.

 

The woman driver reportedly told another volunteer, who also witnessed the accident, that "it's just a dog" and uttered an expletive before driving off.

ALL posted a photo of the vehicle with its licence plate number on its Facebook page on Sunday, and angry netizens have exposed personal details of the car owner online.

She is said to be a property agent representing Huttons Asia. Netizens have also hounded Huttons, leaving criticisms and poor ratings on its Facebook page.

However, in an update on Facebook on Wednesday (Oct 26) after meeting a representative from Huttons, ALL said that the car owner claimed not to have been driving the vehicle at the time.

There were two police reports filed in relation to the accident by two women, it added.

One report was made by the car owner "stating to the police that she was not the driver of the vehicle at the material time".

Another woman lodged a second report, admitting to being the driver at the time.

"We have been informed that this said driver is not an agent or employee of Huttons," ALL said in its post. "We are oblivious to the contents of the two reports and let's all wait for the outcome of the police investigations."

ALL also filed a police report about the accident on Sunday.

Ms Cathy Strong, founder of ALL, confirmed to The Straits Times that they have spoken with a manager from Huttons.

Ms Strong added that Sayang has not been eating since the accident, despite the efforts of the volunteers.

The Straits Times has reached out to Huttons for its comments.