Officer's actions as dog was dying anger driver

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Heres a good morning america covering the story.. for youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-FVaAq4nmE


Heres in writing
http://www.mysanantonio.com/pets/officers_actions_as_dogwas_dying_anger_driver100.html

A Texas State University student who waited to get a speeding ticket while his girlfriend's dog died in her arms has filed a formal complaint with the San Marcos police over the Aug. 5 incident.

Krystal Hernandez was holding her ailing teacup poodle, Missy, while her boyfriend, Michael Gonzalez, raced south on Interstate 35 — allegedly hitting 95 mph — toward a 24-hour veterinary clinic in New Braunfels.

After their car was pulled over sometime after midnight, the couple said they were kept waiting for 20 minutes by Officer Paul Stephens before he issued the ticket, despite their desperate pleas.

Police Chief Howard Williams said an internal investigation was begun after Gonzalez complained.

“This was not our finest hour,” Williams said. “It was not handled right by our officer, but whether there was a violation of our policy that is subject to punishment, I don't know.”

He said the officer has been “counseled” by supervisors.

Hernandez said the incident began when she and Gonzalez returned home after midnight from visiting a friend in San Antonio and fed Missy. When the dog began choking, they tried to dislodge the food, only to have Missy vomit and go limp.

They were racing down Interstate 35 toward New Braunfels when they were stopped by Stephens.

“Instead of helping us, he asked Michael what he was on,” Hernandez said.

She said they begged to be allowed to take the dog to the clinic, also asking that they be allowed to turn themselves in to be ticketed or arrested or for Stephens to detain Gonzalez there while she drove the dog to New Braunfels.

Instead, she claims, Stephens responded, “Chill out, it's just a dog, you can buy another one.”

Instead of hurrying to issue the ticket, Gonzalez said, Stephens chatted with two other officers on the scene. When he finally allowed them to leave 20 minutes later, the dog was dead, Gonzalez said.

But Chief Williams, who reviewed the patrol car's videotape of the stop, said Gonzalez should not have been driving so fast.

“He was going to kill someone the way he was going,” Williams said. Unfortunately, the chief said, the officers made the situation worse.

Gonzalez said he was told that the department's shift commander had contacted the municipal court and asked that the speeding ticket be dropped.

“That kind of makes me more furious,” Gonzalez said. “It's like I was kept there for nothing.”






oh my gosh... I just saw this on tv.. this is sad.. and im mad what officer said
 
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Lec8504

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if the couple's telling the truth then I think the officer should be punish, for him to not care about another life is disgusting. He could've just arrested the male and let the girl drive there as she had suggested to him. I would not ever want to know the pain that she went through when she knows that her dog is dying in her arms and she can't do anything about it.
 

grayxie

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Ugh! They used the word "teacup":tdown:

It's really ashame that the officer was being an A-hole about the situation.

A few years ago an officer in my township actually got suspended for a couple of days when she rushed a cat to a Veterinarian, using her police lights/siren. If I remember correctly her commanding officer didn't want to suspend her, but according to the rules using the light/siren in that particular situation were mis-used.
 

grayxie

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^^May I ask what's wrong with the word 'teacup'? :shrugs:
There is no such thing as a "teacup" breed. It's a term that perpetuates mis-information and irresponsible breeding. Basically breeding for runts, that can carry major health and hereditary issues. You will see pet stores use the term "teacup" to entice buyers for a very expensive dog that came from a puppy mill. No responsible breeder that cares about the integrity of the breed will ever use this term to sell a dog, especially not sell one of their dogs to a pet store.

http://www.barkrescue.net/teacup.htm

http://www.ytca.org/faq.html#A
 

boxermom

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This was a terrible story. To tell someone their dying dog is "just a dog", "relax", "get another one" obviously has no empathy for the emotions of others.
 

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There is no such thing as a "teacup" breed. It's a term that perpetuates mis-information and irresponsible breeding. Basically breeding for runts, that can carry major health and hereditary issues. You will see pet stores use the term "teacup" to entice buyers for a very expensive dog that came from a puppy mill. No responsible breeder that cares about the integrity of the breed will ever use this term to sell a dog, especially not sell one of their dogs to a pet store.

http://www.barkrescue.net/teacup.htm

http://www.ytca.org/faq.html#A
thank you, i didn't know that :yes:
 

missisa07

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I JUST saw this on Inside Edition and came here to make a thread, but found this one was already made.

I'm so ANGRY at the police officer! Yes, it was illegal for them to be speeding that fast. Personally, if I was in the same situation I wouldn't have gone quite as fast as 95 mph, but you can be sure if my dog was choking I would be booking it to the animal clinic. But, they offered to detain the driver and at least let the girlfriend drive the dog to the hospital and still the officer refused. I'm absolutely appalled at the officer's comments. Dogs are not just replaceable. Some people think that when your dog dies it's easy to just "get another one" and it will all be okay. Dogs can be like family members to some, and clearly this officer can't relate.

There is such a thing as compassion, which I think is necessary for people in law enforcement to have. You can't always do things by the book.

Honestly, this officer will get his just retribution in the next life.
 

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Oh no, I feel so sad for the owners. I can understand that some people might not care about animals, but they feel fear, anger, pain, and joy just like we do. How can anyone let an animal suffer or die just because it is an animal.
 

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That is so terrible... But the owners should have known better than to be driving at 95 miles an hour, which is extremely dangerous.
The officer should have taken their information and let them go, telling them that they can come by the station in the next 24 hours for their speeding ticket. Or he could have followed them to the clinic, to make sure they were driving safely. They may not have gotten there fast, but at least those 20 minutes could have been spent getting there.
 
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That officer is a A-HOLE! (sorry for the bad language). But saying to chill out, it's just a dog, and you can get another one...I wouldn't be able to stand that.
 

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I doubt that the officer would've kept them waiting if a person was sick or if someone was in labor. Why is a dog's life less valuable? The officer should have written the ticket after escorting the car to the vet clinic. That would've been a win-win situation for the dog and the law. Sometimes, people in positions of authority do not have the mental capability to think through a situation; it's scary that someone that is supposed to be defending us is not capable of rationally reasoning through a very simple moral situation.