Man looks for dog shot during confrontation in Weslaco

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    Man looks for dog shot during confrontation in Weslaco

    When I read the title I assumed (yes never assume you make an a** out of yourself) he was out looking for his dog and saw it in a yard when he went to see the dog the owner thought he saw him and shot him, or something like that.

    This is what I read.

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    WESLACO — All Leon Escalon wants is his dog back.

    The 34-year old said he stepped out of a Stripes convenience store Saturday night after picking up a pack of smokes. Buster, the canine companion he described as his best friend, waited on the passenger seat of his pickup truck.

    “As I’m backing up, my tailgate gets close against the pumps and a guy was waving his arms,” Escalon said. “I’m like, ‘Man, what the hell is going on here?’”

    Escalon said he opened his truck door and stepped outside. Escalon and the man confronted each other face-to-face — until the man pulled out a silver .22-caliber pistol.

    “He just put the gun right to my face,” Escalon said. “My dog came flying over from the passenger side to my driver’s side.

    “He just moved it sideways and shot my dog.”

    Escalon said he then wrestled with the man, 19-year-old Ronnie Villalpando, and managed to free the gun from his grip. A Weslaco police officer who had stopped at the nearby intersection saw the confrontation and arrived just as Villalpando got back into his Kia and accelerated north on Westgate Drive, according to a statement from the Police Department.

    “The dog took off toward Donna when the cop showed up,” Escalon said. Witnesses “say the dog was fighting (Villalpando) off with me.”

    The officer pursued Villalpando north of Expressway 83 but lost him.

    Buster, a 9-year-old boxer, has not been seen since then.

    “That dog is my life, let me just tell you,” Escalon said. “I live alone — I’m a single guy. That is who I talk to when I come home.”

    Escalon and police officers have looked for Buster since the confrontation, but to no avail. A family called Escalon and said they fed Buster and took a photo of him. But they shooed away the dog Sunday after he apparently scared the family’s horses.

    Investigators found and arrested Villalpando, 19, a former Edcouch-Elsa High School running back who ran for more than 1,000 yards during the 2005 season. Villalpando was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest. Bond was set at $52,500 for the two felony charges.

    Escalon, meanwhile, has pursued leads in the Weslaco area in his search for Buster, but none of them have panned out.

    “If he’s dead, I wish I could find him,” the man said, “just so I don’t have to be wondering anymore.”
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    Breaks my heart.

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    No replacement for a good dog

    How long has it been since it went missing and how's the weather been? I wonder if a local with a dog trained to search on smell could find him. Can't be that hard...I even trained my pit to search on smell.
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    Hopefully he wasn't injured too bad and somebody finds him and gets him to a vet,
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    Moral of the story: Drive away.

    So he backs up at a filing station.
    Some guy out of the blue begins waving his hands and possibly making gestures.
    To which the driver thinks hey I'll curse at him and get out of my vehicle to share personal zone space with him.

    How much sense does that make?
    Zero.

    Put the vehicle in 'Drive' and do just that, drive on away to live your life...And enjoy your dog.

    All this for what?
    Nothing. : |

    Hopefully the dog manages to find his way home.

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    From my understanding a family saw and Fed him, but he scared the horses and they shooshed him away.
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    Feel bad for the dog. Feel seriously toxic toward the guy who shot him.
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    Another senseless confrontation, one man loses a great canine friend, and the other will be taking loooooong vacation.

    Keeping quiet and leaving prior to the confrontations would have made things so much easier.
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