Dog in “Horrendous” Viral Abuse Video Finds New Home With Catholic Church Members

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The limp German Shepherd seen dragged by its leash, by a man in a motorized wheelchair, has a new home. Tuesday, KVEO met with Father Roy Snipes of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Father Roy adopted G2 and plans to “fatten her up.” The female German Shepherd mix is “pretty skinny” but in good health, according to Mission Animal Control.

When KVEO cameras met with Father Roy outside of his church, G2 was wearing a new bright red collar and purple bandana. The 10 month old rescue dog was making a new friend with Father Roy’s other dog.
This comes after Friday’s ruling from, Municipal Court Judge Horacio Pena Jr. ordering G2 not go to the home where, 59, Mario Cardona lives. Mr. Cardona was recorded by a neighbor dragging the dog. Judge Pena called the video “horrendous.” The video quickly went viral on social media and aired on day time talk shows.

During the court hearing, Cardona’s wife Rosa Maria Cardona, testified she was the sole owner of the G2 and was not aware Mr. Cardona had taken her. She also testified saying he suffered from depression and PTSD.  Mission Animal Control testified, G2’s ribs were showing and she was “pretty skinny.”
Mrs. Cardona testified G2 was skinny because the other dogs in the home were eating G2’s food. Mrs. Cardona told the court, G2 had not been received vaccinations because she “could not afford it.”

Mario Cardona was arrested less than 24 hours after the video was recorded by Mission Police and charged with Animal Cruelty. Specifically, Non-livestock Animals, under the section (b) (5) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly: transports an animal in a cruel manner. A cruel manner includes a manner that causes or permits unjustified or unwarranted pain or suffering.
Cardona is currently in a Hidalgo County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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