01-20-2008, 06:18 PM #1
TX - Mayor Could Lose Her Job Over Stolen Shih Tzu
What is her evidence that the dog would have died if she gave it back? This woman is an out and out dog thief and needs to lose her job, imo.
ALICE, Texas — The allegations could bring down the mayor of this South Texas town: a faked death, an attempt to hide the evidence from police, a cover-up story.
And for what? A Shih Tzu.
Mayor Grace Saenz-Lopez was indicted Friday on two felony counts of tampering with physical evidence related to a dog her neighbors say she took from them.
"She loves the little dog," said attorney Homero Canales, who represents the mayor and her twin sister, who was also charged. "She told me that if she were a single woman, she would not care if she went to jail for the rest of her life before she would give the dog back."
According to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and the San Antonio Express-News, Saenz-Lopez had agreed to take care of Puddles while Rudy Gutierrez and Shelly Cavazos were on vacation over the summer. A day after they left, she called to say the dog was dead, but three months later a relative of Cavazos saw Puddles — renamed Panchito — at a dog groomer.
Puddles' family sued and filed a criminal complaint, but the case took a new turn Monday when the mayor filed a police report saying the dog was missing.
01-20-2008, 06:59 PM #2Registered User
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first of all... for the love of god and all that is holy... WHY on earth would you name a dog 'PUDDLES'....??? That's animal abuse if you ask me!
01-20-2008, 07:18 PM #3
Reb, you hit the nail on the head-clearly this is why the mayor decided not to return the dog....
01-20-2008, 07:42 PM #4
Well shoot guys, look what kind of animal it is to begin with...
***** zoo....I think puddles is a step up!
01-21-2008, 01:57 AM #5
Sounds like the dog may have been sick and neglected if the mayor took it to the doctor and is so concerned about what may happen to it if returned. The mayor must really be an animal lover to be so concerned to risk losing her job along with getting a criminal record.
01-21-2008, 02:06 AM #6
01-21-2008, 02:29 AM #7
If she were so concerned about the dog why not just file animal cruelty charges or something?
She made up a lie that the dog died. If the animal was being mis-treated or was sick due to neglect then why come up with a lie?
A vet would back her up all the way...so once again, there was no need to come up with the lie. You make up lies for one reason...you're hiding something.
01-21-2008, 09:32 AM #8
If this dog really was abused (which the vet's records would be able to prove) then I applaud Lady Mayor for rescuing the pup.
If this was just a case of "I want... Gimme!" then I say throw the book at her, let her lose her job and pay the price of her crime.
Unfortunately, we don't have all the info on this case... so it's hard to really make a judgement call.
01-21-2008, 11:20 AM #9Former Member
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The Mayor sounds like a nutjob. I wouldn't want her representing me.
01-21-2008, 11:46 AM #10Registered User
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01-21-2008, 02:15 PM #11
Waiting for animal control to do an investigation? Maybe she really was worried about this dog... I'd like to see this vet report (supposing she did take the dog to the vet as she stated.)
I adopted my dog after my Pop stole him from his abusive owners. They'd beat him, tossed him, fed the other dog, and chase this little guy away with a broom so he wouldn't eat the food, locked him in a hot garage on 110 degree day... when my Pop brought him to my house, he had a rope tied tightly around his middle... it made it easier for these monsters to throw him across the yard.
Never in a million years could my Pop "wait" for an investigation... this little guy needed immediate help, and taking it was the only way to save it's life. Now, he's a king in my home... spoiled rotten and loved beyond measure.
01-21-2008, 03:14 PM #12
She couldn't call Animal control and report her neighbor's negligance or abuse? There is something wacky in the mayor's upstairs wiring, if you know what I mean. Stealing the dog just should not have been her FIRST resort. Savy, educated, sane adults do not automatically turn to theft to protect an animal----theft should never be an option, or at least not until all other means to protect the animal have been tried and have failed.
01-21-2008, 05:02 PM #13
01-21-2008, 06:47 PM #14
I've stolen a few dogs and re-homed them into loving homes. I can't stand to see anyone starve or beat or otherwise abuse an animal.
02-02-2008, 09:35 PM #15
Texas Mayor Resigns Over Allegations She Stole Neighbor's Dog
ALICE, Texas — A small-town mayor accused of secretly keeping her neighbors' dog after telling them the pet died has resigned, and a judge is set to decide custody of the Shih Tzu.
Grace Saenz-Lopez apologized Friday to Alice residents and said she believed her actions were in the dog's best interest.
"I am sorry for the division that the events of these last few weeks have caused," Saenz-Lopez wrote in her resignation letter. "It was never my intention to bring any negative exposure to our city."
A custody hearing Monday is expected to decide who gets Puddles, who Saenz-Lopez renamed "Panchito" after taking the dog last summer.
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