Dog’s owner’s pet, a pit bull mix named “Taco”, was killed after the dog was left unattended in a car in a Houston parking lot, police said.
“The dog’s owner is freaking out and upset,” Sgt. Greg McBride of the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office said Tuesday.
The Harris County Animal Services department said it received a call about the dog in the early morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 10, and was unable to locate the owner.
Animal Control said the dog, named Taco, was taken to a nearby veterinary clinic and pronounced dead there.
Animal Care Services said Taco was not vaccinated against rabies and was not under the care of a licensed breeder.
The department is conducting a criminal investigation into the incident.
McBride said the animal services department does not have the authority to euthanize a dog.
The dog was found abandoned in a white Chevy Tahoe in a parking lot near an apartment complex.
McBreed said police received a second call about a dog left in the back of a car at a nearby intersection around 10 a.m. and that a deputy from the Houston Animal Services was dispatched.
“He got the dog out of the vehicle and went inside the vehicle,” McBrees said.
The deputy arrived and saw the dog on the ground, McBreeds said.
He then attempted CPR on the dog.
He was unable do so, but did try to administer oxygen to the dog while holding the animal, Mcbreed said.
Mcbrees said the deputy called a dispatcher and said he needed to find the owner of the dog to bring it to the hospital.
“We’re not sure how he got in there,” Mcbreeds said of the dispatcher.
Mc Breed said the 911 caller said the dogs owner did not want to speak with police, but said he would be calling a lawyer if the dog’s condition improved.
A veterinarian who has worked on the animal care of pit bulls and other dogs has a policy of euthanizing any dog that is “dangerous” or that is deemed “unstable,” Mc Brees said in an interview with ABC News.
The veterinarian, who does not work with pit bulls, said he believes that is a standard policy of the animal service.
He said if the animal is deemed dangerous or untreatable, it should be euthanized.
McBes said that was the policy for a pit-bull named “Buddy” that was euthanased at the end of June after being found unresponsive in a garage in Houston.
“Bucky’s mother was in the garage and was yelling and screaming for the animal to be put down, and the dog wasn’t responsive,” McBersaid.
“It wasn’t that the animal wasn’t responding, it was that they didn’t want him in there.
She was yelling at him to stop, and she couldn’t.”
McBred said that is not what happened to the “Tacos” dog.
“I can’t say that because of privacy issues, but it appears to be an unprovoked attack, and that’s what it was, and if you don’t know how to deal with that, you can’t do anything,” McBeersaid in the interview.
The animal services deputy, McBride, said the investigation is ongoing.
“This is something that we take very seriously,” McBride told ABC News in a telephone interview.
“And I want to assure the community that this is a very difficult time, and we’re looking into every aspect of it, including the fact that we don’t have any information about what led to this.”