The mayor of Alice, Texas admitted to stealing her neighbor’s Shih Tzu while she was dogsitting.
Last Friday, Grace Saenz-Lopez was indicted on charges of concealing and falsifying evidence by a grand jury. Each count is punishable by as many as ten years in prison.
Saenz-Lopez claimed that Puddles, the neighbors’ Shih Tzu, had died while they were away, but then later on, a news team found Puddles, alive and well, at the home of the mayor’s sister.
After it was discovered that Puddles was alive, the mayor refused to return the dog and claimed that Puddles had been neglected. She said she was worried about the health of the dog if she returned Puddles to the neighbors.
“We tell children not to lie or steal, and here we have a mayor who is stealing dogs? What kind of example does that set?” said Dee Ann Torres, the attorney for the original owners.
City commissioners have voted for a resolution urging the mayor to resign because of the alleged theft of Puddles.
A hearing is set for February 4 in the civil lawsuit against Saenz-Lopez, where a judge will decide the custody battle over the dog.