HOUSTON — A Texas mayor who admitted stealing her neighbor's Shih Tzu was indicted Friday on felony charges -- a serious turn in a canine custody drama that has become the butt of jokes in the Lone Star State.
Grace Saenz-Lopez, the mayor of Alice, was indicted on charges of concealing and falsifying evidence by a Jim Wells County grand jury. Each count is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The mayor filed a report with police Jan. 13 stating that the pooch -- named Puddles by its original owners, but which she renamed Panchito and was refusing to relinquish -- had gone missing.
Two days later, a television reporter discovered the dog at the home of the mayor's twin, Gracy, a local school board member. The sister now also faces felony charges for concealing the pooch.