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When Elvis Hernandez, a locksmith out of San Antonio, Texas, found a small dachshund wandering the streets, he thought he was doing the right thing by bringing the little dog home.
Now, faced with criminal charges, Hernandez regrets the day he helped the lost dog.
While locksmithing for a customer, Hernandez spotted a tiny Dachshund wandering the street nearby. The dog was not wearing a collar or tags and wasn’t microchipped. Unable to locate his owner, Hernandez took the little dog home, but left his contact information with the customer in case an owner was located.
For several weeks, Hernandez cared for the dog in his own home, despite not getting along with his own dog. Eventually, because the dogs couldn’t live together, Hernandez gave the lost Dachshund away to another family.
But, just days ago, the Dachshunds original owner tracked Hernandez down, looking for his dog. Several months had passed and Elvis did not know where the dog was now living.
Herndandez told KHOU News, “I just explained to her that I didn’t have it. I didn’t know where it was, and I apologized.”
But, the original owner called police and a warrant was issued for Hernandez’s arrest. Hernandez, a single father, was arrested in front of his son, stripped of his locksmithing license, and charged with theft.
Do you think Elvis Hernandez was wrong to bring the dog home? Did he deserve to be arrested and stripped of his right to perform his job, all because he tried to rescue a lost dog? How would you handle this situation?