Death of lapdog Leo relegates politics to the inside pages

Road rage killing of lapdog

source: Andrew Gumbel
Independent March 9 2000 p18

A pet dog has been killed by a driver who threw the dog into oncoming traffic in California. The crime has led to offers for a reward from wellwishers, and the media has given the story more coverage than political events. The dog, Leo, was travelling in a car with his owner, Sara McBurnett. A vehicle cut in ahead of her, which led her to knock the vehicle's bumper. The driver stopped and left his car to confront Leo's owner. Leo jumped into her lap, and was picked up by the driver, who threw him into traffic, before speeding away.