Posted: Jul 30, 2014 6:40 PM GDT
Updated: Jul 30, 2014 6:43 PM GDT
By: myfoxdfw.com Staff
KTRK first reported it happened earlier this month. A Houston Police Department officer pulled over Josie Garcia’s husband for allegedly failing to use a turn signal.
The officer found drugs in the vehicle that belonged to her husband’s friend, so he arrested both men.
But he allegedly wouldn’t let Garcia’s husband call anyone to pick up Guero, the family’s 14-year-old Chihuahua who can’t really see because of cataracts, according to HoustonPress.com.
Garcia claims the vehicle was towed and the officer made them leave the dog on the side of the road. He didn’t even call animal control, she said.
Guero died after being hit by a car on a freeway ramp about a half a mile away.
Garcia addressed the Houston City Council on July 22 and demanded an apology, which she got.
“Let me give you a public apology right now on behalf of the city of Houston,” Mayor Annise Parker said. “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.”
The family filed an official complain with HPD, but was told the investigation could take at least six months.
They now want the department to update its policy regarding pets and police activity.
The charges against Garcia’s husband were dropped after his arrest.