EPPD officer allegedly runs over family dog, drives away

Updated: Tuesday, August 5 2014, 06:09 PM MDT
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By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas-- An east El Paso family is accusing an El Paso Police Department officer of running over their family dog, then driving away and leaving the body.

Mina Mathers tells KFOX14 it happened last Monday at the 1700 block of Plumed Quail, and pointed out a large bloodstain on the street where her 3-year-old Chihuahua Scottie had died.

"I couldn't recognize him because of how much blood was all over him, I recognized him by the collar,” Mathers said. "He was my best friend honestly, he was there for me all the time, I got home and he was always waiting for me.”

Mathers told KFOX14 two of her friends witnessed the officer allegedly run over Scottie and drive away.

She says after her brother removed the body, he confronted a different EPPD officer who had pulled someone over just down the street.

“He was like ‘One of your guys’ units hit our dog, and he's gone,’ and so this officer, the one who pulled someone over, just said ‘Alright well we need to give you guys a ticket because the dog was on the street unattended,” Mathers said. "I understand why we got the ticket, he was only doing his job, but he could care less about that other cop hitting our dog.”

El Paso Police are telling a different story.

In a statement to KFOX14, Sgt. Chris Mears said, “Officers did not issue a citation to the dog owner. If a citation was issued it would have been done by animal control. Also, at the time it was investigated by a police supervisor no witnesses advised having seen a patrol unit strike the dog and a visual inspection of the marked patrol cars that had been in the area did not reveal any evidence supporting this. However, if the dog owner knows of witnesses he or she can contact the Internal Affairs Division. If an officer had struck the animal and been aware of it, the officer should have immediately stopped.”

Mathers told KFOX14 she is “100 percent sure” an EPPD patrol car hit Scottie, and questions how much damage a small Chihuahua can do to a police cruiser.

"People were saying maybe [the officer] didn't feel it, maybe he didn't see it, but it's just like, you're driving around here going no more than 15 miles per hour, and you can't feel that? That's ridiculous,” Mathers said.

Mather’s brother was at work all evening Tuesday and was unable to confirm whether it was police or animal control who cited the family.

Mather’s mother told KFOX14 that the family was cited by an animal control officer.

Mathers told KFOX14 Scottie was an inside dog, and rarely ever got out. She believes he may have gotten out and gone looking for her while she was at a friend’s house up the street.

“It's so lonely, I'm so used if having him around,” Mathers said. "He was one of the one things that I loved, I can say I loved my dog.”

She believes the officer that allegedly ran over Scottie simply didn’t care because it was a small animal.

“He did absolutely nothing about it, he didn't even think twice about it, he didn't think about the emotional stress it caused,” Mathers said. “If it was a kid he hit, yeah, he would stop, don't get me wrong I see the difference between a kid and a dog, but either way they're both a family member.”

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