Mayor in Texas loses job over dog...then loses dog

@nova1945 (1614)
United States
April 25, 2008 12:38pm CST
A custody case that wrecked the political career of a south Texas mayor ended Thursday when she was ordered to return a Shih Tzu to her neighbors. Grace Saenz-Lopez. the former mayor of Alice, TX, had claimed Puddles died last year while she was pet-sitting for the neighbors. Three months later, however, a relative of the neighbors saw the dog, renamed Panchito, at a grooming business. Saenz-Lopez insisted that Rudy Gutierrez and Shelly Cavazos had neglected the animal, but District Judge Richard Terrell in McAllen ordered her to give the dog back to the couple. The case gained national attention, including on NBC's "Today" show, on which Sanez-Lopez said in February. "I didn't steal the dog. I did not return him to save his life." Saenz-Lopez resigned as mayor that month once a recall petition began circulating. She had held the office since 2003. Saenz-Lopez still faces two felony counts of tampering with evidence and concealing evidence. A primary hearing on those charges is scheduled for next Tuesday. Here is the link if you want to read the story: URL: http://www.msnbc.nes.com/id/24301366/?GT1=13001 So, what do you think? Was she "saving the dog's life" or just stealing the dog? Should she face criminal charges now, after returning the dog?
3 responses
@danzer (2732)
• Philippines
25 Apr 08
Oh it's unfortunate to know that those in authority try to do something to get something for themselves even if it means destroying their character. The court has just found her guilty and who are we to make another judgment. Let this thing be a lesson for us and those in authority that we cannot live on deceits. It's good thing that the place has a court that really is doing their job. If it happens in my country, the mayor would never be found guilty because of cover-up and so much corruption!
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
25 Apr 08
That's very sad, danzer. There are government coverups in every country I guess. We have our share too. By the way there is an error in the link. It should be http:www.msnbv.msn.com/id/24301366/?GT1=43001 Even with spellcheck, I still manage typos. lol
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Ok, one more time: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24301366/?GT1=43001
@wickedangel (1636)
• Dominican Republic
25 Apr 08
Hi there nova. It seems to me like she was stealing the dog, I may be wrong but it just doesn't fit that the real owners mistreated their dog and yet the authorities told her to return the dog. Surely they would have checked out the situation. How horrndous though, you think you lost your dog only to find someone you trusted stole it! I'm glad that they got it back. Yes, she should face charges even after she returned the dog because she had no intention of returning it, it was only because it had been 'discovered' by a neighbour. There are enough strays and others that need lots of love and attention, why can't she get one of those? Thanks for sharing this with us.
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
26 Apr 08
I know, that would be horrible. I really think she just got attached to the dog and wanted to keep it. But what a way to go about it.
• United States
25 Apr 08
It seems to me that regardless of whether or not she was 'saving the dogs life' she stole it. There is no skirting that fact. I am a dog lover, but I think it's ridiculous that she risked (and lost) her entire career over a little dog. As mayor, I am sure she knew full well what the number for animal control/aspca was if she was so concerned for the dog. Good grief!
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