Cowboy priest adopts German Shepherd dragged behind scooter in viral video


The German Shepherd known as “G2” — made famous when a Mission man dragged her behind his scooter, prompting widespread outrage and an animal cruelty investigation — recently found a new home.

Father Roy Snipes of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission adopted G2 and gave her a new name: Ceniza.

Ceniza is the Spanish word for ash, and Snipes said he picked the name because Ash Wednesday was approaching. The self-styled cowboy priest is well known for adopting stray and abused animals.

“I’m sure this Sunday everybody is going to want to see her,” Snipes said. “So if she’s calmed down enough I’ll bring her into mass with me.”

Snipes knows Mario Cardona, the 59-year-old man accused of dragging Ceniza behind his motorized scooter. Cardona attends Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Video of Cardona dragging Ceniza behind the scooter went viral in mid-February, prompting widespread outrage and triggering a criminal investigation. The Dallas Morning News, CBS News and the New York Daily News covered the story.

Cardona is charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals, a Class A misdemeanor. He remains at the Hidalgo County jail and couldn’t be reached for comment.

“There’s more goodness in him than he even realizes,” Snipes said. “But he’s a roughneck. I don’t think he ever really wanted to hurt his dog.”

Animal Control turned Ceniza over to Snipes. The priest already cares for roughly nine other dogs, who often accompany him to church.

Exactly how many? He can’t say.

“It’s hard to tell you ’cause I can’t get them to sit still long enough to get a good head count,” Snipes said, chuckling.

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