At around 10.50pm two nights ago my bf chased after a suspected hit-and-run driver who killed a dog along Bartley flyover. There was a young couple probably in their 30s seated inside, straight faced, with the front part of their car torn off.
Having no concrete evidence, we went to Tampines police HQ to lodge a report with their car plate number so they could dig up the footage from the camera installed at the lamppost where the dog died (just so yknow, we don’t get the wrong guy + it is punishable by law btw).
Of course, that was after we had to turn back, stop in the middle of the road, call multiple lines and shift the dog to the side (because no hotline seemed to have a sense of urgency to get back to us). His/her insides were spilled AND multiple cars had already ran over his/her limp corpse by then.
I’m not writing this to curse at all culprits because I don’t think conscience can be taught. We did what we could.
I’m writing this because what was equally disappointing was how motorcylists could zoom past making cheerful yells, and a driver honked, angry that he couldn’t get past the lane he wanted (because yknow, two empty lanes at night can’t fit an ego that big) when we stopped to get the dog.
It’s how bigger acts of cruelty always start from the lack of empathy in small actions. It doesn’t matter who did it as much as what you do about it. It doesn’t matter if it’s by accident, or you decide to blame the dog or owner whatever.
What my bf said was true, “imagine if people can run over a dog without emotion, eventually they can do bad things to humans too.” Just hope others can step up/own up when such things happen.