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Pet owners: Next time, the dog gets it
June 3 at about noon I was traveling north on Highway 20, approaching the area of Northgate Terrace.
Thanks to some people who cannot control their dog this was about the end of my worldly travels. A large black dog, about the size of a Lab, darted out onto the highway, right in front of me. I was unable to use my brakes due to the short distance between me and the dog. Acting on instinct I swerved to my left to miss the dog. I went into the southbound lane of traffic. Another quick reaction and I cut back into the northbound lane of traffic, just missing a head-on collision with vehicles in the southbound lane.
I looked into my rearview mirror and saw the dog standing in the middle of the northbound lane as if he was waiting for the traffic to clear so he could cross on over to the west side of Highway 20. A fraction of an inch on my right I would have killed the dog, a fraction of an inch on my left would have generated a call for the State Patrol. At Northgate Terrace I pulled over for a minute to get my heart back into its proper beat.
This letter is addressed to the owners of dogs that are let to run free and cause traffic problems. Next time I will not try to avoid hitting your dog and run the risk of a head-on collision, maybe killing myself and others. I will try to identify the owner of the dead dog and take action against said owner for all vehicle damage. Plus any other damages a sharp lawyer can think up.
Robert D. Brown