The Shih Tzu Hits the Fan: Indictments Issue for Texas Mayor Over Theft and Alleged Cover-Up Alleged Over Dog Named Puddles

Texas Mayor Grace Saenz-Lopez and her twin sister have been indicted in bizarre alleged crimes. At the center of the legal storm is a Shih Tzu named Puddles — a canine vixen who places humans under an apparent Voldemort-like trance.

Saenz-Lopez has been indicted on two felony counts of tampering with physical evidence in a case related to her neighbors pet. She faces the charges with her twin sister, Graciela Garcia.

It reportedly began when Saenz-Lopez took in Puddles as a favor for her neighbors while they were on vacation over the summer. One day later, while on vacation, the neighbors, Rudy Gutierrez and Shelly Cavazos, received a call from the mayor that Puddles was dead.

Then, three months later, the neighbors received a call from a relative who spotted Puddles at a groomer. Now called Panchito, the dog was clearly the same. They filed a police report that led a television crew to track the dog down to the home of the twin, who insisted that a “mysterious lady” had found the dog and dropped it off.

Garcia will face a charge of concealing evidence. Both could also face tort lawsuit for trespass to chattel and even intentional infliction of emotion distress over their treatment of the neighbors.

In the meantime, it is the lawyer who has ended up with the prize. Attorney Homero Canales, who represents the mayor and her twin sister, is keeping Puddles in his office.In the meantime, Canales insists that his clients acted to save Puddles from abuse. He has insisted that “She loves the little dog . . . She told me that if she were a single woman, she would not care if she went to jail for the rest of her life before she would give the dog back.” She may not have a choice. The first hearing is schedule for Feb. 4th.

In the meantime, Puddles — that canine siren of human destruction — is no doubt wearing down Canales who, if the trend continues, will flee the country to live with Puddles as a mesmerized fugitive.

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5 thoughts on “The Shih Tzu Hits the Fan: Indictments Issue for Texas Mayor Over Theft and Alleged Cover-Up Alleged Over Dog Named Puddles”

  1. Samantha:

    The case is still pending trial. In the meantime, Puddles continues to undermine the social fabric of the community. If I hear anything, I will let everyone know.

  2. My business law class is fascinated with this story. Why? I couldn’t tell you, first it was the headlines that caught their attention. Now we are all keeping our eyes open for updates.

  3. I don’t have anything of interest to contribute to the erudite discussion. But I have to congratulate JT or whoever came up with the banner: “The Shi-tzu Hits the Fan!”

    In my own little burg, there was a local headline concerning white racist youth gangs titled: “Skinheads Bristle”

    Great minds……

  4. Puddles ?? Puddles ?? Perhaps this pooch was named after they had it for a few weeks. Well, still better than Poopy.

    But the real poop in this article is the brazen self-appointed dog-whisperer / kidnapper. In a state where cattle rustling will get you 10 years – right quick – I’m curious as to how this will play out.

    In a nation where some pets are bequeathed large sums of money, (Leona Helmsley’s $12 Million to ‘Trouble’ as recent example); and others, regarded higher than certain family members – it would be hard to believe that that the trespass to chattel wont’ be overshadowed by the concealment of evidence charges, which no doubt will be courtroom enlargements of the family playing with Pee Pee Paws – sorry – Puddles.

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