Police seeking hit-and-run driver responsible for death of dog in Selden
search is on for a hit-and-run driver following a crash in Selden that left a
say a woman was behind the wheel when she hit a toy poodle that was walking
with its owner on Pine Street just after 11 p.m. April 23.
The suspect is described as a white female in her 30s with blonde, shoulder-length
hair. Police also released a sketch of the suspect.
The dog’s owner Mildred Perez says the poodle was her emotional support dog.
She says she was walking the dog named Romeo with her granddaughter just steps away from their home when the incident happened.
Perez says the driver turned around so she reached into the car to try and stop her, but the driver then took off. She says the dog was not on a leash when he was struck, but Suffolk County Lt. Sean Murtha says drivers are still responsible for filing the proper paperwork.
“If not, you are guilty of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident,” Murtha says. “That goes for dogs, cats and obviously humans.”
Neighbor Debbie Inga says people fly down the block all the time and she can’t believe the driver didn’t stop.
“You can’t make restitution for something like this, it’s not going to happen,” Inga says. “But at least come forward, be a human being. Be humane.”
Police say the suspect was driving a dark-colored SUV, but did not provide further information. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.