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Woman hits and kills dog with car, then sues owner for repair costs

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Maggie Casarro is suing the dog's owner for $900 in damages to cover the repairs. Maggie Casarro is suing the dog's owner for $900 in damages to cover the repairs.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman admits to hitting and killing a dog with a car.

But now Maggie Casarro is suing the dog's owner for $900 in damages to cover the repairs.

The owner of the German Shepherd, Ken Herrington, says the accident happened on Oct. 29, 2015 on Blankenbaker Lane near the Historic Locust Grove home.

“Strangers and the community were certainly intimidated, although he was the friendliest dog you could imagine,” said Herrington, a Marine veteran.

He says the dog, named Dakota, chased after a deer and got out of the yard.

“This man lost a family pet, and I’m so sorry he lost a family pet,” Cassaro said.

Cassaro says she feels badly, but the dog should have been kept in the yard.

“The dog would be alive today if he was the one who would have been responsible and had not been training this dog in an unfenced and uncontrollable area,” Cassaro said.

She says her insurance will not cover the damages, and the person who she borrowed the car from did not want it on their insurance, so she was left paying the bill.

Cassaro says she did the right thing and tried to help the dog.

 “I was the one that turned around to come help that animal," she said. "I turned around to help the animal. I went to find the animal’s owner. I brought the owner to the animal, and I stayed with him until his owner came back."

Herrington says he cannot believe someone is suing for money.

“I was stunned, absolutely astonished,” Herrington said.

He is countersuing for $500.

Herrington says that is the maximum amount allowed for the cost of the animal.

Cassaro feels the law is on her side and says she is suing on principle.

The case goes to small claims court Thursday afternoon.

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