Department of Animal Services looking for dog's owner

Man walking dog killed in hit-and-run

SAN DIEGO - The county Department of Animal Services is looking for the owner of a dog that was rescued after the man who was walking her was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Hillcrest.

The incident occurred just after 7 p.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of University Avenue.

"Saw the person laying on the side... in the middle of the road," said Darryl Clark, who witnessed the crash.

Witnesses tell 10News the man was walking Mimi outside of a crosswalk when he was hit. Authorities say he may have been a transient who lived nearby.

"Tried to help the dog ... but the dog was frightened and wanted to snap at me," said Clark.

The Department of Animal Services says Mimi left that aggression at the scene but is still a little disoriented.

She was actually adopted two years ago from a county facility, but not by the man she was with Sunday night. Animal Services did not tell 10News who adopted her then but they have not found them.

"We'll definitely go ahead and make sure that she gets back to the right home ... or we find her a new one," said Kalani Hudson, who is with the Department of Animal Services.

For the next 14 days, Mimi is technically owned by the Medical Examiner's Office. If they cannot find the owner in next two weeks, they will try to adopt her to any family willing to take her in.

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