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SAN MARCOS, Texas — A police officer who delayed a couple racing their dying dog to an emergency vet clinic while he wrote them a ticket has received death threats, the mayor said Thursday.
A statement issued by San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz said Officer Paul Stephens was inappropriate and insensitive and that he has been disciplined, but the threats against the officer are "extremely unfortunate."
Narvaiz' statement did not elaborate on the threats. She did release some new details of the incident, including that a second officer had tried to help the choking dog, a teacup poodle named Missy.
"Without question, the situation was not handled very well by Officer Stephens. But the characterization of the story has led to death threats against the officer and his family," Narvaiz said.
Michael Gonzalez and Krystal Hernandez were allegedly driving 95 mph when Stephens pulled them over after midnight Aug. 5 on Interstate 35.
According to Narvaiz, Gonzalez first pulled over on an overpass. Using his patrol car public address system, Stephens asked him to go somewhere safer and Gonzalez drove another two miles at a "high rate of speed," despite the officer's lights and siren.
When he finally pulled over, Gonzalez pleaded with Stephens to let them get to the clinic.
The patrol car's dashboard camera showed Stephens telling Gonzalez: "It's just a dog. You can buy another one. Relax."
And if you are responsible for the death of a police dog it's murder?!?!
95 MPH... they risked the lives of humans sharing the road with them over a damn dog.
Originally posted by burdman30ott6
Hopefully the family can use their lawsuit settlement money they're sure to receive to purchase a real dog...
[edit on 21-8-2008 by burdman30ott6]
Mayor Narvaiz says Officer Stephens then approached the car and told the driver to step out. As Michael Gonzales stepped out of the car, he raised his hands and yelled at the officer, “she’s dead, she’s dead.”
The entire incident was caught on the patrol vehicle's dashcam. The officer can be heard saying, "It's a dog, okay? You can get another one. Relax."
The Texas State University students say they were rushing their dog, Missy, to a veterinarian after the animal choked on some food and stopped breathing. Missy died during the 17-minute traffic stop before she could reach help.
Another officer, who responded to scene, tried to help the animal but it was apparently already dead.
Originally posted by LockwithnoKey
For an officer of the law to do this, the punishment should be considered the same as a person rushing their baby to the hospital.
Just relax, your baby girl is only 8 months old...you can't be that attached to it yet anyways....just have another one.
If you were in the back of an ambulance I guarantee that it would not be going 95mph, even with the lights and sirens blaring and you were dying.