Translation: If you beat a dog, its owner will come.
Meaning: You are free to act as you please, but be prepared to deal with the consequences of your actions.
Cultural note: In Haiti, most people don’t view dogs as a part of the family as in the US. Dogs are free to roam the streets as they please. This proverb relies on the premise that even if you think a dog has no owner, if you beat it, you’ll face the consequences.