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    Default "It's a dog, okay? You can get another one. Relax."

    San Marcos Couple Blame Traffic Stop for Dog Death
    CBS 42 Reporter: Alexis Patterson
    Email: adpatterson@keyetv.com
    Last Update: 8:31 am

    Video footage of the traffic stop can be found here:
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    SAN MARCOS - Imagine rushing your choking dog to an emergency vet clinic, then getting pulled over by police - for 15 minutes. A San Marcos couple says it happened to them, and now their dog is dead.

    The couple stopped along an I-35 frontage road August 5, after a police officer clocked their car at nearly 100 miles an hour. The whole encounter was caught on tape.

    Video shot from the officer's patrol car shows a distraught Michael Gonzalez, stopped while trying to get his dog Missy to an emergency clinic.

    On that video, Officer Paul Stephens can be heard saying, "It's a dog, okay? You can get another one. Relax."

    The police chief, Howard Williams, freely admits his officer handled the situation poorly.

    At one point, Officer Stephens asks Gonzalez, "What are you on, sir?"

    "You can't talk to people like that when their world is collapsing around them," says Chief Williams. "So what should have been maybe a two or three minute problem on the side of the road became a 14 minute traffic stop."

    The chief notes Gonzalez didn't stop right away and says he wouldn't have let Gonzalez drive in his highly emotional state.

    "I can see the fact that I was speeding, and that was wrong," says Gonzalez. "I wouldn't have driven like that obviously if there would have been more traffic."

    Gonzalez believes Missy was still alive early on in the traffic stop. Officers disagree.

    Officer Stephens can be heard telling Gonzalez, "I really don't care about your dog, okay, because at the rate you were driving, you were putting every other driver on this road in danger."

    Gonzalez was allowed to go with a citation. Chief Williams calls the officer's demeanor a "rookie mistake."

    Officer Stephens received a reprimand and counseling from his superiors - on how to better handle high-stress situations.

    The police chief tells CBS 42 another officer who responded to the scene as backup was compassionate and handled the situation well, even trying to clear the dog's airway.
    Copyright 2008, Four Points Media Group LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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    I can't even look at the video. The bastard should have given a police escort to the vet.
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    Fucking bullshit.

    I wouldn't have even stopped, they shouldn't have, let the cop ticket 'em at the vet. Dogs are just as family as anyone else.

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    I won't look at it. Bastard! To some people their dog is a part of the family. Well to everyone I know anyway. Asshole!

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    #1.Driving at that speed was wrong.
    #2.The cop behaving in a non compassionate matter was wrong as well.

    Yet #2. could not have happened without #1. taking place to begin with. Yes, the people were upset about their dog, a family member if you will. But let's face truth here, they were endangering the lives of others with their actions.

    Look, I feel for them, as we all do. Yet if they plowed into one of your or my own loved ones while trying to get to the vet hospital, that compassion would just as easily fly out the window, would it not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldustgrl View Post
    I can't even look at the video. The bastard should have given a police escort to the vet.
    OMG! What an ass! My 3 beagles are my babies... I would have been speeding too, especially if their life was on the line. I agree VS... I may not have stopped either!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Poundcake View Post
    OMG! What an ass! My 3 beagles are my babies... I would have been speeding too, especially if their life was on the line. I agree VS... I may not have stopped either!
    I guarantee I wouldn't have stopped. Besides, the cop didn't know if it was a choking dog or a choking baby before he pulled them over, so his rationale is bullshit anyway.

    No different than a child being rushed to a hospital in an life threatening emergency. No difference whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Squalen View Post
    I guarantee I wouldn't have stopped. Besides, the cop didn't know if it was a choking dog or a choking baby before he pulled them over, so his rationale is bullshit anyway.

    No different than a child being rushed to a hospital in an life threatening emergency. No difference whatsoever.
    Fuck that cop!
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    Last November, I had to rush our boxer (whom we later had to put down) to the vet after she busted her leg open, bleeding everywhere and I couldn't get it to stop. It was only a couple of miles, but I hit probably 80 in this little town and ran two red lights. If a deputy had come up behind me, he woulda just followed me to the vet.

    That's bullshit.

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    If that cop had half a brain in his head and half a heart, he would have escorted the dying dog to the clinic. He was right to stop the car for speeding, but didn't do the right thing by not escorting them. If he wanted to be a prick, he could have ticketed them at the vet after the escort. There's no way I would have stopped and I would have let them arrest me at the vet's office. If you've ever had a pet die, you would do the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    Last November, I had to rush our boxer (whom we later had to put down) to the vet after she busted her leg open, bleeding everywhere and I couldn't get it to stop. It was only a couple of miles, but I hit probably 80 in this little town and ran two red lights. If a deputy had come up behind me, he woulda just followed me to the vet.

    That's bullshit.
    Precisely.

    They can give me all the shit and citations they want...at the vet. Until then, short of shooting out my tires or running a spike strip across the road, get the fuck outta my way.

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    I can appreciate love for pets because I've had them too. The cop was an ass for making the situation unnecessarily long, but the situation doesn't justify driving that fast and putting so many other lives in danger. No way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    I can appreciate love for pets because I've had them too. The cop was an ass for making the situation unnecessarily long, but the situation doesn't justify driving that fast and putting so many other lives in danger. No way.

    Perspective, people.
    You can only maintain that perspective if you can say the exact same thing about your human child.

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    Twice in my life I've been devastated by the loss of a pet and grieved much like a person had died. It's a hard loss to accept. But......

    If I lost my mother, father, brother, sister, or anyone else I truly cared for in a head on collision with some asshole who was out running a cop at 100mph in a race to get to a vet? No way, man. That's just fucking wrong.

    But if I lost a loved one in the same scenario to someone rushing their 4 year old to the hospital? Alright, it's a tragedy I'd have to live with. But no way to dog. No way.
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