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Golden retriever guide dog hit, killed by passing car in Orange County

Driver didn't stop following Harrell Road crash, FHP says

Pearl.
Pearl.

ORLANDO, Fla. – A golden retriever that served as a guide dog was hit and killed by a car Thursday night in Orange County, and the driver didn’t stop, officials with the Florida Highway Patrol said.

A silver car struck Pearl about 6 p.m. on Harrell Road near the Colonial Village mobile home park, troopers said.

The dog's owner, Ray Mahlberg, a veteran who is partially blind, said he could hear the car speeding behind him, causing Pearl to react.

"I heard a loud noise come behind us and Pearl turned to look see what it was, and I turned and all of a sudden, boom," Mahlberg said.

The impact also knocked Mahlberg over.

The driver continued southbound after the crash, officials said.

The dog was wearing its guide dog harness, and the crash was captured on surveillance video, the FHP said.

The case remains under investigation.

[PHOTOS: Pearl the service dog]

Mahlberg said he's been put on a waiting list to receive another service dog.


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