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Road rage dog slaying case still unsolved

MERRY THOMAS, Sun News Service

A year after an Incline Village resident lost her dog to a nightmarish road rage incident near San Jose, some news agencies reported the case was close to being solved.

“The story was premature,” Sara McBurnett said Monday of the Associated Press story that first ran in the San Jose Mercury News and then was picked up by other newspapers in the region.

A passing motorist had offered to help her ID any suspects, she added.

Detective Sgt. Phil Zaragosa of the Santa Clara Police Dept. said there is no suspect at this time and he will let the public know when he has information about resolving the crime.

“I hope the press bears with us. Everyone else has been patient,” Zaragosa said. ‘We’ve taken an aggressive posture in the last month and a half and hope to come to a reasonable conclusion soon,” he said.

Just before Valentine’s Day, 2000, McBurnett was on her way to the San Jose airport to pick up her husband Patrick, an American Airlines pilot, when she was involved in a minor fender-bender.

What ensued was the man’s getting out of his car and walking over to the driver’s side of her car.

She rolled down the window and he grabbed Leo, a bichon frise, from her lap and hurled the dog into the heavy traffic passing by in the next lane.

“I never dreamed he’d do something like that,” McBurnett said.

Once animal lovers heard about the incident, McBurnett found herself in a whirlwind of media coverage, including television interviews and a Web site.

Back to normal now, McBurnett said she has been enjoying Stormy, her new bichon frise, given to her last year by her husband and mother.

The case still under investigation. Zaragosa said publishing information at this point “is not fair to either side.”


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