Well, as a fellow-journalist, I've swapped a string of emails with the writer today and covered a lot of ground; raked it, actually. He claims the Minnesota State Police don't like the media and the SUV-driver refused to comment, that lots of readers phoned him about the missing doggy - and, talking to me, he concluded: "Sir, you are full of shit."
But I think he'll be paying a bit more attention to what he writes in future; interestingly, he's a bicyclist and agrees that drivers and police often give minimal care & attention to two-wheelers.
Sadly, he's just one - what about all the others?
"I would like to die on Mars; just not on impact." Elon Musk