When a Houston police officer pulled two men over in a traffic stop on July 13, both men were taken into custody. Later, when a tow truck arrived, the driver’s pet Chihuahua was placed on the side of the road and left there.
Josie Garcia explained that her husband had been giving a friend a ride; the Garcias' dog, Guero, was in the car with them.
A Houston police officer pulled the men over for failing to use a turn signal; a search of the vehicle produced prescription medicine, which Garcia said belonged to the passenger.
Both men were taken into custody; the dog, who was almost completely blind from cataracts, was left behind.
“My husband pleaded with the officer to let him call someone to come get Guero and asked him to call Barc [animal shelter], but he said it wasn’t his problem, that the dog would be fine,” Garcia said.
After the charges against Garcia’s husband were dropped, however, the family still could not find their 14-year-old pet.
Garcia put up “lost” signs in the area where the dog had last been seen.
Three days later, they got the sad news: the dog had been found lying dead on Eastex Freeway, where it had been hit by a car.
Garcia went on to file a complaint with the HPD Internal Affairs and to voice her concerns in front of the City Council, after which the mayor of Houston apologized to the Garcia family.
“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,” Parker continued. “You shouldn’t put someone’s pet on the side of the road.”
Although the Houston Police Department also expressed its condolences, it could not comment on the case because it is an ongoing internal investigation.