Re: OT: Shaggy dog story - Only in Texas!


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Posted by Idaho Joe (24.184.81.130) on 17:41:51 01/22/08

In Reply to: OT: Shaggy dog story - Only in Texas! posted by #1 Son

: I found this weird story in today's Hosuton Chronicle. It is rather weird and yet interesting! It can only happen in a state where an impeached Governor's wife got elected to succeed him:
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: Shaggy dog story:

: By RICK CASEY
: Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle

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: It happened yesterday in Alice.
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: Last month I told the story of Puddles, the Shih Tzu that the Rudy Gutierrez family left with their neighbor, the mayor, while they went on a weekend vacation.
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: When a family member called during the weekend to check on the dog, Mayor Grace Saenz-Lopez sadly said the dog had died and she had buried it.
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: But months later, a friend spotted a dog that looked just like Puddles at a local grooming shop. When the family called the groomer, she said the mayor had dropped it by for work. Its name was Panchito.
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: Through her lawyer, the mayor admitted that Panchito was Puddles, but said she had rescued the dog from a family that was killing it by neglect.
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: The family filed a criminal complaint, but the county attorney ruled it was a civil matter.
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: Is it the mayor or her twin?

: Last Friday, a court date to resolve the matter was set for Feb. 4, but Sunday morning Mayor Saenz-Lopez called the Alice police to report that the dog was missing. An officer and a supervisor came to her house to make a report.
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: She said she suspected the Gutierrez family of taking the dog back.
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: At the requests of both parties, police searched both houses, but Puddles wasn't in one and Panchito wasn't in the other.
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: Enter Gabe Caggiano, a burly, Boston-bred reporter for Channel 10 in Corpus Christi, about 45 miles east of Alice.
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: Caggiano has been covering the story from the beginning. At one point he went to the mayor's home and found a woman who looked just like her in the backyard.
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: But the woman told him she was the mayor's twin sister and the mayor was in Arizona.
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: After driving around the block with his cameraman, Caggiano decided to go back. By this time, the woman was on the front porch, sweeping with her back to him.
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: Behind the blanket ...

: "Hi, mayor," he said as he approached.
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: "Hi," she said, glancing back at him and continuing to sweep.
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: "I've been told you're the mayor and not the twin sister, that she lives on a ranch," he said. "Which are you?"
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: She shoved his microphone away and said, "Get off my property."
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: Then she went inside as Caggiano asked: "What kind of mayor would not admit that she's the mayor?" And, as the door slammed, voice raised: "Where's Puddles?"
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: Monday Caggiano received a tip from Sylvia Treviño, the breeder who sold Puddles to the Gutierrez family.
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: The dog, she said, was at the home of the mayor's twin sister, Gracie Garcia, who is a trustee of the Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco Independent School District.
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: Caggiano and his cameraman, Travis Cobb, drove to the home about 15 miles from Alice. Nobody answered his knocks, Caggiano said.
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: "About six or seven dogs were running loose and barking," Caggiano said. "Around the back there was a porch area with a blanket covering the railing. Behind it we found the dog."
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: Cobb got about 40 seconds of clear video which they showed first to Treviño for a positive identification. Then they called the sheriff, who sent deputies to Garcia's house.
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: "We went back, but Gracie wouldn't open the door for the deputies," he said by phone late yesterday afternoon.
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: Caggiano also showed the video to Alice Police Chief Danny Bueno, who later announced that charges of making a false police report and tampering with evidence were being filed against the mayor.
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: "Why don't you go and arrest her?" Caggiano said he asked the chief.
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: "I'd like to keep my job," Bueno said.
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: Caggiano said the chief assured him that officers would retrieve Puddles and place him with a veterinarian until the Feb. 4 hearing.
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: The sheriff's department was getting a search warrant for the twin sister's house, Caggiano said, but, "We just noticed that the sister's car is in the mayor's driveway."
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: In what I took to be a playful mocking of a cable news reporter, Caggiano said, "We're at the mayor's house now. The mayor is not answering the door. The shades are down. We just hope this isn't another Waco."
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: You can write to Rick Casey at P.O. Box 4260, Houston, TX 77210, or e-mail him at rick.casey@chron.com .
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: Thats' just werid....
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