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Driver should have stopped

July 23, 2012
The Leader Herald

A very devastating situation took place today that touched our family, especially my brother-in-law. I am hoping The Leader -Herald will print this letter due to the amount of disrespect that was played out to my family member. Around 8:30 to 9 a.m. this morning (Sunday), I received a phone text from my brother-in-law's friend that someone hit his dog and she died. But the part that bothers me the most is that the person driving the car did not stop. My brother-in-law has had Pin for 11 years and treated her as his own child. She went with him for car rides, camping, sleeping at his feet, watching TV, and any activity he did, she was right by his side. She was a calm, beautiful dog who had a very gentle nature and kindred soul. Today, his heart broke because he had to bury his "child." Eventually, as anyone, he will get beyond the mourning process, but no other dog will replace this gentle spirit.

My question is to the person who hit Pin and did not stop to see if she was okay. I am not blaming the person for hitting her because accidents do indeed happen, but stopping to see if she was alive or dead and/or trying to figure out who the owner was would have been the humane thing to do. Did you leave the scene feeling any guilt for leaving an innocent life behind wondering if she was OK? Would you leave the scene if it were a human being that you hit? Animals may not be human, but they certainly do have feelings, souls and lives.

In this day and age, I see more behaviors that are geared toward the uncaring, selfish and lack of respect generation than ever before toward other people. The accident that killed my brother-in-law's beloved Pin this morning was the icing on the cake for me.

Growing up as a teenager in the early '80s was much different than today, and I see lack of motivation, empathy, ambition and respect more and more each day in almost any given situation, and it literally wows me.

To the person who didn't stop this morning to see if the dog you hit was OK, shame on you!

KAREN BROOKS

Broadalbin

 
 

 

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