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Houston mayor apologizes for death of dog left on side of highway by police officer

gueroThe mayor of Houston has apologized to a family whose nearly blind Chihuahua was killed after a police officer arrested his owner and left the dog on the side of a busy highway.

“Let me give you a public apology right now on behalf of the city of Houston,” Mayor Annise Parker said. “I don’t know what airhead – there’s another word in my mind but I’m not going to say it – would throw, you wouldn’t put a kid on the side of the road. You shouldn’t put someone’s pet on the side of the road.”

The airheaded officer has not been identified.

But police say an internal investigation of the incident is underway, and that it could take six months to complete.

As reported by KTRK, the complaint stems from a July 14 traffic stop. Josie Garcia says her husband and a friend were pulled over for failing to use a turn signal. Police say they found drugs in the vehicle — a prescription medicine called phencyclidine — and arrested both men. (The charges against Garcia’s husband were later dropped.)

According to Garcia, the arresting officer wouldn’t let her husband call anyone to pick up Guero, the family’s 14-year-old Chihuahua who was along for the ride.

Guero had bad vision due to cataracts, she says. He was left on the side of the highway when the vehicle was towed, and the officer took no steps to contact animal control, Garcia said.

“My husband pleaded with the officer to let him call someone to come get Guero … but he said it wasn’t his problem, that the dog would be fine,” Garcia said.

Three days later, Garcia, who had posted “lost” signs in the area, received a call from someone who had spotted Guero. She found him dead on a shoulder of the Eastex Freeway, about half a mile from where he had been left.

Guero wrapped the dog’s body in a towel, took him home and buried him.

Comments

Comment from Kelly
Time August 1, 2014 at 10:12 am

Wow. That is cold.

Comment from donna smoot
Time August 3, 2014 at 6:20 pm

This story made me think about how I was taught to respect the law… I respect the law but not cops or airheads like this…. I think he should be placed with a blindfold in the middle of traffic and handcuff…. Also I hope the personwho ran over the dog comes forward if they ddon’t I hope they never rest as long as they live

Comment from Paula Loftis
Time August 3, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Charge this officer with animal cruelty. The entire police force should be ashamed of this behavior by their fellow officer. This is the force’s to Protect and Serve? This is inhumane, cruel and an extreme lack of compassion to a member of this family. Terrible reflection on Houston. And I was a resident of Dallas for 40+ years.

Comment from Phoebe Moody
Time August 4, 2014 at 12:52 am

I absolutely DESPISE the cops in Houston! They are an arrogant bunch of bastards …. and always HAVE been. I dare ANY of them who might see this message to contact me. My email address is phoebem_2001@hotmail.com

C.mon you COWARDLY COPS of the Houston Police Department …. CONTACT ME!

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