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Westminster police want more information about an incident in which a minivan struck a Dalmatian -- then allegedly accelerated and ran over the owner who had gone to aid his dog.

The dog, which had been pinned under the van, was found dead Sunday morning about five miles from the scene, according to police.

The dog's owner, Matthew Davis, 28, of Middle Grove Court in Westminster, was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, then to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was treated Sunday and released.

The family declined to comment yesterday.

"It's one of the strangest cases I've run across in a while," said Sgt. Wayne Mann, the investigating officer.

The driver of the van, who has not been charged, contacted police after the accident.

Police are seeking witnesses, Mann said.

According to the police report, the dog ran into the road at 11: 23 p.m. Saturday and was stuck by a blue minivan headed south on Center Street near Church Street. The vehicle stopped, and Davis went to rescue his dog.

As Davis approached the front of the van to free the animal, police said, the driver accelerated and struck him, then drove off with the dog pinned underneath.

The dog's body was found at 11 a.m. Sunday, off Route 27 on Beren Lane. Mann said anyone with information about the case should call Westminster police at 848-4646.

Pub Date: 12/31/96

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