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Family Dog Dies During Traffic Stop

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Saturday, August 16, 2008 · 9 Comments


"""Missy, a teacup poodle from San Marcos, Texas, died after a police officer told her owners, Krystal Hernandez and Michael Gonzalez, to, “relax, it’s just a dog. You can get another one.”

Gonzalez allegedly reached speeds of 95mph as he drove with his girlfriend to get help for the sick dog. From the video, it appears that he was driving near the berm with his hazard lights flashing. When an officer appeared behind him, he stopped, probably assuming that the cop would understand the situation and escort them or let them go on at a slower pace. Hernandez even asked if Gonzalez could stay behind and get the ticket while she went on with Missy. Instead, the cop mocked them and let the dog die in the car. See the dash video here.

http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=884 9272&nav=1TjD

First of all, had this been my dog, I would never have stopped. That’s not to say that Gonzalez was in the wrong for doing so. Far from it. I just have a lot less faith in people, and I never would have assumed that this cop would have been sympathetic. I would have kept going and called 911 from my cell to explain the situation. He could have had a field day ticketing, arresting, and/or tasing me when my dog was in the care of a vet.

To add insult to injury, Chief Howard Williams said it’s “not a disciplinary action, it’s a coaching one.” A “rookie mistake.” Give me a break.""""
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replied August 17th, 2008
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I think he should be fired, for his complete lack of empathy in such a distressing situation. Pets are not just animals, they become part of the family for people to love. How inconsiderate to say it's JUST a dog! And that it can simply be replaced. His inconsiderate actions allowed an animal to die, when a life could have been saved. This has nothing to do with expertise. He knew the dog was dying, you could hear it from the car.
I think he should at least be suspended, until he has been COACHED (cuz that's what they said) on how to consider the feelings of others.
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replied August 17th, 2008
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Oh jeeze. I'd kick that cop's a**...naah but I would love to see him fired.
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replied August 17th, 2008
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i agree with all of you---pets are often more children that just a dog or just a pet--go get another one--good grief
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replied August 17th, 2008
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Re: Family Dog Dies During Traffic Stop
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A “rookie mistake.” Give me a break.""""


The chief doesn't get it either. It's not that "the officer didn't know how to handle the situation" it's that the officer is a jackwad of pus.

Anyone wonder why I hate people?
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replied August 17th, 2008
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you know--they need to put themselves in the civilians shoes---if he had a dog that was sick and it was all he had---im sure he would have been in his cop car sirens wailing going to the vets--but when we do it its not ok? I hate that cops use their sirens and their cop priveleges to get out of waiting at stop lights and things like that i think its wrong.

YEah i hate people too---not all of them just a fair majority lol
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replied August 18th, 2008
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Heck yeah...fire him. Gezzzz...it makes me ill..
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replied August 18th, 2008
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Re: Family Dog Dies During Traffic Stop
Birch wrote:
killbill wrote:


A “rookie mistake.” Give me a break.""""


The chief doesn't get it either. It's not that "the officer didn't know how to handle the situation" it's that the officer is a jackwad of pus.

Anyone wonder why I hate people?
I dont...people can suck big time,especially if you give them a uniform and a little power... Rolling Eyes
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replied August 18th, 2008
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No kidding homerx, it brings out their true character.
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replied August 28th, 2008
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I think it's correct they were stopped; what if they had hit and killed a child, because they were speeding? However, the police officer's remarks were totally out of line and to take 20 minutes to write the ticket is just cruel. He could have shown a little empathy.
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