To the young lady in a dark green Jeep Wrangler with a tan roof and large, wide tires. On Aug. 10, 2022, you took the life of our Zero. He was eight months old. He was a pure yellow Labrador Retriever who loved our walks, playing in the water, playing with his green squeaky bone and retrieving his yellow ball. My grandchildren named him Zero after the dog in “The Nightmare Before Christmas” movie because of his large tan droopy ears and the color of his coat, which looked like white but it was a light yellow.

To watch Zero get tossed over and over by the Jeep’s big wide tires was so traumatizing. Zero did look at me with his big black eyes as if he was saying, “Mom! Help me!” I couldn’t do anything but stand, scream his name and cry.

If you had been driving the speed limit and stopped at the “stop” sign, Zero would be alive today. Zero’s death is a warning to you to obey all traffic signs because, the next time you hit something, it may not be an animal.

My family’s hearts are heavy, and, even though you drove away without stopping to say you were sorry, our family forgives you.

Rena Van Fleet

Zero’s human mom

Parker, Ariz.


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