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You are correct in that dogs are considered property in FL and as such this is looked at as a property damage claim. As you were physically walking your dog and the vehicle could have just as easily hit you and came this close to doing so and because he took off after violating the law the first time by driving
on the sidewalk, it is very likely you could pursue a claim against the driver for infliction of emotional distress, since his conduct was certainly outrageous to shock the conscience in that he went up onto the sidewalk area and could have just as easily hit you and he kept going (both violations of the law).
While infliction of emotional distress is not a given or a guarantee, this is a possibility in this case because of the way the incident occurred and his violations of the law.
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