Target: Houston Mayor Annise Parker
Goal: Punish cop who left dog to die on the highway after arresting its owner
A dog suffering from blinding cataracts was left on the highway to die after a Houston police officer arrested Garcia, its owner, for charges that were dropped. The dog, named Guero, was found several days later on the side of Highway 59 after being struck by a car. Garcia’s wife told ABC13 News, “My husband pleaded with the officer to let him call someone to come get Guero, and asked him to call BARC (Houston’s animal shelter), but he said it wasn’t his problem, that the dog would be fine.”
Garcia had been driving along the highway when he claims to have been pulled over by the officer for failing to use a turn signal. The officer then searched Garcia’s vehicle, found prescription medication and subsequently took Garcia and a passenger into custody. Guero had to be removed from Garcia’s vehicle so it could be towed. Garcia’s family immediately began a search for Guero over the next several days until they discovered his dead body on the highway.
The case is currently under review by the city’s International Affairs Division. Please sign this petition to demand punishment for the cop responsible for this act of negligence and cruelty.
Dear Mayor Parker,
It has come to my attention that Mr. Garcia’s dog Guero was left on the highway to die after a Houston police officer arrested him on charges that were later dropped. Mr. Garcia had begged the officer to let him call someone to pick up Guero but was denied. Guero was eventually found by Mr. Garcia’s family but it was too late–since the poor dog was blind and afraid, it had been run over by a car.
I demand you to punish the police officer responsible. Although the officer’s job is to protect the community and enforce their rights, he clearly does not show empathy to people or animals. This officer should be punished for violating Texas’ Animal Cruelty Laws which include “cruel treatment where a person has failed to act or failed to provide care for an animal. Failing to act or provide care rises to the level of cruelty when it involves either (1) failing to provide necessary food, care or shelter; or (2) unreasonably abandoning an animal” (Texas Penal Code).
I hope you ensure that the state’s law will be upheld.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Josie Garcia via Houston Press