"This was not our finest hour," said San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams. "It was not handled right by our officer, but whether there was a violation of our policy that is subject to punishment, I don't know."
Williams said the department began an investigation after Gonzalez filed a complaint over the incident.
Gonzalez and Hernandez said they pleaded with Stephens to allow them to continue on and later turn themselves in to be ticketed. They also said they offered for Gonzalez to stay behind while Hernandez drove with Missy to New Braunfels.
Hernandez said Stephens responded: "Chill out, it's just a dog, you can buy another one."
The dog had started choking at home, then threw up and went limp.
Gonzalez said Stephens then talked with two other officers on the scene and didn't allow him to leave for 20 minutes. Missy was dead by then, Gonzalez said.
Williams still said Gonzalez should not have been driving so fast.
Gonzalez said he's been told the ticket will be dropped.
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