NKY family calls for drivers to slow down after van runs over dog

Tri-State mother concerned about drivers speeding in her neighborhood

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - Some Latonia residents say they’re fed up with drivers speeding through their neighborhood, especially after a dog was run over by a van just a few days ago.

Brutis, 15, a German Shepherd-Husky mix, is still limping and in a lot of pain, but he’s alive.

The pup’s owner, Shaina Gross, says she was inside when she heard tires screeching outside her home in Latonia Lakes.

“I heard tires go across the blacktop at a high rate of speed (...) The next thing I heard was my dog. I heard my dog yelp, and it was a yelp I never heard before," Gross said.

The hit-and-run was caught on camera. Due to its graphic nature FOX19 NOW is only using still images of the video.

The video shows a white van plowing into Brutis then drag him a few feet. You can hear Brutis howling in pain as the driver keeps going.

“I panicked, then I got to the woods and that’s when I seen it, that my dog had stumbled into the woods and couldn’t get up,” said Gross.

Gross say her dog’s ball joint was dislocated, which can’t be fixed.

She says this recent accident is a major wakeup call for everyone in the neighborhood, as it happened in broad daylight while kids were outside. She adds she worries every day for her 2-year-old daughter.

“It’s a big problem, because our kids play on these roads, and it’s posted at 10 miles per hour. If you can’t go 10 miles per hour, there’s a problem. If you can’t stop when you see something, there’s a problem,” said Gross. “If that would have been my kid and they wouldn’t have stopped, I wouldn’t have had a daughter and I can’t have no more kids.”

Gross explains the neighborhood has tried to speak with the city council to get speed bumps in the area, but that measure didn’t pass.

In the meantime, she says she will continue to make reports to police when she sees people driving over the limit. She’s also asking if anyone recognizes the person in the video to report it to police.

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