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Google Maps Car May Have Killed a Dog: PETA

Organization calls on company to donate $1K to neutering group
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2014 5:13 PM CDT
Updated Sep 6, 2014 5:33 PM CDT
Google Maps Car May Have Killed a Dog: PETA
In this undated screenshot, the Google Maps application is demonstrated on an iPhone.   (AP Photo/Google)

(Newser) – Animal-rights activists are calling on Google to donate cash to help animals—because, they say, it looks like a Street View car killed a dog. PETA has posted a pair of photos on a blog that show a dog running, then lying, on a street in Chile, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The tech company is investigating the apparent incident, PETA says on a blog. PETA wants Google to match its own donation of $1,000 to a spaying-and-neutering group in Chile.

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As news.com.au reports, you can actually see the photo sequence yourself by viewing the Street View images of Meza Bell in Santiago (the New York Post has the potentially-disturbing link). In the images taken by the car, the dog does seem to move after being hit, but "it’s hard to tell whether this is a last struggle of life or whether he is just laying in the sun and having a stretch," writes James Billington. A Google car was previously accused of hitting a donkey in Botswana, but the company showed that the images in question were misleading, he notes. (Read about more Street View car misadventures here and here.)

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