First off the first person that calls me a tree hugger has had it. I just made a trip to town for a pack of smokes and witnessed soemthing that disturbed me and made me think. As I was leaving C-store their was a sheriff car sitting down the street directing traffic, me being nosey went by. This is where the disturbing part starts, some had hit a dog and left him in the street paralyzed in the rain to die. /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif I do understand that animals do get hit by accident, but have we become such a harsh race that animals are now disposable and have no feelings. I was raised on a farm and am a hunter so I understand the concept of having to kill, but I was always taught to to do it as painless and with as little suffering as possible. Are we now the type of people that as long as we don't feel it things don't matter? I mean I am the type person that would go out my way to miss an animal in the road, unlike some people that would see how big of a splat they could make on the pavement, and will stop and get out to try to rescue an animal. I guess what disturbed me the most is the pesron who did this did not even bother to stop and try to help or call animal control and wait till they got there. I believe every living thing a painless and dignifying death, not laying in the street waiting for the next car to come along helplessly. I guess my main point is, the next time you hit an animal, at least take the time to get out and make sure they are dead or try your best to get help or make them comfortable. Put your self int he positionof the animal, how would you like to lay in the street in pain no way to move and waiting to die. Animals have feeling rather we like to admit it or not. If you hit your dog do they not cry in pain and come to you and ask for forgiveness? This should tell peolpe that they are intelligent and not just dumb servants for us. I believe at times that animals are smarter than we are, animals learn to live with thier surroundings, we on the other hand change the surroundings to how we want them, rather there are adverse effects or not. I will be responding to all replies made. LET THE FLAMIMG BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!