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Charlotte Animal Control officers respond with 'swiftness and grace'

Charla Duncan with some of the dogs in her life.
Charla Duncan with some of the dogs in her life. Courtesy of Charla Duncan

On the way home from an event in Mount Holly, a friend and I stopped on N.C. 16 to try and get hold of three dogs, with collars, that were in the middle of the southbound lanes.

At some point, we unfortunately witnessed one get hit by a car and unable to move due to the injury. Despite the gravity and sadness of the situation, we were moved by the folks that stopped to help – and even more impressed at the response time of Charlotte-Mecklenburg's Animal Control division of the police force.

Even when we were unsure if the police would respond to this type of call, two Animal Control officers arrived promptly and attended to the injured animal with swiftness and grace. One officer stayed to look for the remaining two dogs even after the first officer left with the injured animal.

Accidents happen daily and outcomes are often out of our control, but it was great to see a community come together to help where they could. Charla Duncan, Charlotte

Correspondent Page Leggett contributed.

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