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Houston Mayor Annise Parker apologizes to family for death of their dog

The 14-year-old family Chihuahua was left on the side of the road after a Houston police officer arrested two men during a traffic stop. The dog was hit by a car and died.
The 14-year-old family Chihuahua was left on the side of the road after a Houston police officer arrested two men during a traffic stop. The dog was hit by a car and died.
Freeze shot via abc13.com contributed photo

At a City Council meeting in Houston on Tuesday, Mayor Annise Parker apologized to Josie Garcia and her husband for the death of their 14-year-old Chihuahua killed after being left on the side of a busy highway by a Houston police officer reported abc13.com.

"Let me give you a public apology right now on behalf of the city of Houston. 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," stated Mayor Parker.

The tragedy happened over a week ago when Josie Garcia's husband had been driving a friend home and a Houston police officer stopped him for failing to use his turn signal. The Garcias' family dog, Guero loved to go for car rides, and that terrible day was no different, except this time was to be the family's beloved dog's final ride.

When the officer found prescription medicine in the vehicle which belonged to the passenger, he ordered both men out of the truck. As the officer prepared to have the truck towed, he took the dog out of the vehicle and left the senior animal who had cataracts and was barely able to see, to fend for himself on the side of the road assuring Garcia the dog would be fine. Garcia told his wife he begged the officer to allow him to call a rescue organization or a friend to come and take their beloved little dog home, but the officer allegedly ignored Garcia's pleas to keep the dog safe.

Three days later, after posting signs for little Guero's whereabouts, the pooch was found dead on the side of the road at the shoulder of the Eastex Freeway; he had been hit by a car.

Garcia filed a complaint with Houston Police Department Internal Affairs.

The City Council is now asking that a policy be made when pets are involved while their owners are arrested or detained by police. All charges were later dropped against the men.

Rest in peace Guero. You must have been so scared and died such a violent death.

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