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What can you do to help if you hit an animal whilst driving?

Car accidents with animals are the biggest fear of any pet owner, and a terrifying thought for drivers too. While we sincerely hope you will never need to know what to do if you hit an animal while driving, it’s worth being aware just in case.

The Law

Under the Road Traffic Act (RTA), enacted on 1 January 1963, section 84(6) states that an “animal” is defined as “any horse, cattle, ass, mule, sheep, pig, goat or dog”.

What do you do if you hit an animal?

  1. Stop your car safely
  2. Stay at the scene
  3. Contact the SPCA at 62875355 ext. 9.
  4. If you intend on approaching the animal:
    - Be aware of your surroundings – watch out for other cars or anything else that might put you or anyone else in danger.
    - If you’re approaching an injured animal, be very careful. It will probably be very scared and might try to bite or scratch you in fear.
    - If you realise you have hit someone’s pet, you may want to see if you can locate its tag to access the contact details of its owner.

How can SPCA help?

  1. We will go down to the scene to help the animal. Please call the SPCA emergency hotline at 62875355 ext 9.
  2. Pets
    - If the animal has died, we will bring it back to the SPCA if it is safe to do so and contact the owner if there is a tag or has a registered microchip.
    - If the animal is badly injured, we will bring the animal to the vet for immediate attention.
  3. Community or wild animals
    - If the animal has died, we will bring the animal to the road shoulder if it is safe to do so in order to prevent any harm to oncoming vehicles or attracting scavengers. We will also inform NEA of the carcass so that it can be removed.
    - If the animal is badly injured, we will bring it to the vet for immediate treatment.

How can pet owners prevent their pets from getting into accidents?

  1. Keep your dog on a leash when outdoors as they can get easily distracted and run into the streets.
  2. Make sure that you keep your cat indoors and you wire-mesh your doors and windows.