LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — An arrest has been made in the hit-and-run death of a dog on Long Island.
Nassau County Police said in a statement 37-year-old Ana Rodriguez was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and injury of an animal.
Surveillance video caught the driver running over Marie del Papa’s pet dachshund named Peanut.
The minivan decelerated and then took off.
“To tell you the truth, I thought the police would just take the report and forget about me, but they didn’t,” del Papa said.
The full video shows the little dog, on an extended leash, wandering just beyond the sidewalk and driveway on to the street.
“It made a thump and I heard the thump. I’m sure the driver heard the thump, too,” del Papa said.
Neighbors have offered comfort and support, as del Papa and her family mourn the loss of Peanut, who is now buried at an undisclosed location.
“I mean, it’s heartbreaking and I think whoever was driving that car should step up and say, ‘I did it, I’m sorry I left,’” neighbor Phil DeCicco said.
Rodriguez will be arraigned on Oct. 17.