Smoothie must be a cat lover.
I generally dislike dogs too(might have something to do with one mauling my leg as a child), but I braked hard as I could when my neighbor's dog ran in front of my car and was relieved I didn't kill it. So yeah, not liking dogs or being a cat lover doesn't excuse the comment.
But to the OP, if a police report was filed, I'm surprised they didn't require the homeowner hand over relevant insurance info right away. If your insurance company won't take care of it(they really should), you might give your local PD a call and see if there is a route you can take with them.