Target: Rosa Martinez
Goal: Condemn Principal Rosa Martinez for abusing and neglecting three dogs under deplorable conditions.
Rosa Martinez, principal of private school Houston Tenney, was recently arrested and charged with two counts of animal cruelty after she took her dogs to the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care. A veterinarian who saw the conditions of the dogs alerted authorities.
The worst of the three dogs taken into the facility was a female brown Maltese poodle mix named Rainy, who only had two legs. According to court documents, Rainy was malnourished and bones were exposed in her left paw. Another injury affected Rainy’s rear leg, which seems to have rotted off after it exposed three inches of bone. The injury went untreated. A putrid and foul smell emanated from the rear leg that rotted off. Veterinarians are not sure what happened to the fourth leg. The dog also had thinning hair, and hair loss over her lower and middle back.
The second dog suffered from a chronic ear infection and chronic staph infection. The third dog was seriously malnourished and suffered from sores.
Principal Rosa Martinez claimed that it was “unfair” she was being charged with two counts of animal cruelty. When authorities checked where the dogs were living, they found the state of the backyard to be in deplorable conditions. Martinez responded that she had “over-committed herself to work and nonprofit organizations.” She told officers that she “saw her dog limping but did not check on it.” Another report written by an officer stated the “defendant’s son had seen the dog on October 11, 2013 and told Defendant he could see the dog’s bone and that she needed to do something with the dog.”
Martinez claims that she does not know how Rainy sustained his injuries, but the animals have been surrendered. Despite knowing that there are advocacy groups protecting animals, Martinez states that she didn’t do anything wrong. She has a $3,000 posted bond, and currently her employment at the private school remains unconfirmed.
Dear Rosa Martinez,
I am writing this letter to express serious concerns about the health of your three Maltese poodle mix dogs. What deeply upsets me is how you believe you did nothing wrong to your dogs. As a principal I’m sure you know that neglect is considered abuse. Doing nothing does not mean you are allowed to overlook a serious injury. For Rainy’s leg to rot off takes an excruciating amount of time and unfortunately she only has two legs to walk with. How would you feel if you only have two limbs for the rest of your life?
I sincerely hope you will take something from this lesson and realize that if you take in a pet, you are responsible for its well being. If you are over-committed, then surrender the animal so another family can take care of it.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Tina via Red Collar Rescue