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Published March 03 2010

Snowmobiles identified from fatal dog crash

Snowmobile experts have identified two of the machines driven in a crash last month that killed a family dog on Minnesota’s Pelican Lake.

After receiving help to digitally enhance photos of two of three snowmobilers, James Larson said experts told him the machines involved were a 1996 ZR-580 Arctic Cat and a 2003 F-7 Firecat.

In addition, a reward seeking information leading to the arrest of the snowmobiler who hit and killed Rosie, a 20-month-old Lab/golden retriever, now stands at $2,200.

At about 4:40 p.m. on Feb. 15, three snowmobiles on Pelican Lake drove by at a high rate of speed. The first two sleds almost hit the

60-pound dog, while the third did. None of the snowmobilers stopped, Larson said.

Larson has called on the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for help in tracking down the snowmobilers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Larson at (218) 841-2722.