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Letter: Death of dog was devastating

To the person who hit and killed my beautiful dog North of Park Rapids on Highway 71, I would like you to put yourself in my shoes for one minute.

My German Wirehair, Carly, got out of the yard for the first time in the 2 years that we have had her and unfortunately was hit and killed by you on Highway 71. We searched aimlessly for her all night long only to find her the following morning lying in the ditch just across the street from our house.

I was devastated. I buried a family member that morning, not just a pet. It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do.

Would it have been that hard for you to check her tags, see that the address was just across the road and come and knock on our door to tell us you had accidentally hit our dog. Perhaps she would have had a chance at survival if only we had known she'd been hit. Instead she lay there hurt, probably hearing us call her name and just not being able to move, slowly dying.

Carly wasn't just a dog - she was a part of our family. She was loved very much and will be missed more than you can ever imagine.

To everyone reading this - if you hit someone's family member on the road you wouldn't just leave them there to die, you'd do something about it. Keep that in mind if it happens to be a dog you hit. The chances of them being someone's "family member" are pretty good.

I had a 4-year "daughter" named Carly that may have had a chance at life if only someone would have had the guts to speak up. Hope where you were going was important enough to just keep on driving after hitting and killing her.

Michelle Pickar

Park Rapids