About 6 p.m. July 17, I was fueling my truck at the Maverick gas station on Keene Road and Duportail Street and watching my wife trying to flag down a loose chihuahua with no avail.
The little dog looked like he was heading home. It started crossing Keene as everyone at the station watched two cars stop for the dog. But then, about 100 yards from the crosswalk, here comes a small white SUV with enough time to see and miss the dog. You guessed it, the SUV nailed the dog. I ran and picked him up while he still had a heart beat.
As I was running back toward my wife, the dog's heart stopped. There were some people who were trying to help. But the driver who hit the dog kept going. How can someone do that?
We called 911 and they told use they would send an officer. Waiting about an hour, I called back and the 911 operator said the animal control was closed and they would pick it up in the morning. I asked the operator to have an officer call me. Upon getting the call the officer said to leave the dog. I could not do that. I brought him home and buried him in my field.
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JESS ALLISON, Benton City