Woman sues Marine veteran after she hits, kills his beloved dog with her car

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE/WCMH) – A Kentucky woman who hit and killed a man’s dog is now claiming he owes her nearly $1,000.

The dog was a 4-year-old 100 pound German Shepherd named Corporal Dakota Rambo Higgins. Its owner is a 30-year Marine veteran and retired Colonel Ken Herrington.

Their bond was so close, Herrington called Dakota a therapy dog.

”He was just a good friend, a son I never had,” he said.

The accident happened October 29, 2015. The driver, Maggie Cassaro, says she heard a noise and the car jolted. She pulled over, saw that she had hit a dog, she petted Dakota’s head.

Herrington said he was training Dakota in his front yard when the dog ran after a deer.

“You can’t stop a hunting dog going 30 miles an hour who’s after his prey,” Herrington told WAVE.

Nine weeks after the accident, Cassaro sent a letter to Herrington asking for $901.60 to repair her car.

“It’s very easy to frame me as the bad person here because I am asking for damages,” Cassaro said. “He is at fault, he broke three laws that day. If we don’t uphold the laws, then we are going to lose respect in the community.”

“I was absolutely astonished,” Herrington said. “I was stunned that a lady who killed my dog that she may not have even known she had killed would ask me for damages for her vehicle.”

Louisville’s animal ordinance says, “Any person owning, controlling, or having care or custody of any animal shall be liable for any personal injury caused by such animal, and for any damage caused by such animal to public or private property.”

The two will settle the dispute in court.

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