Affluenza Teen's Dog Is Missing

Poor Virgil, he didn't ask for any of this
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2016 2:58 PM CST
Affluenza Teen's Dog Is Missing
The SPCA's repost.   (Facebook)

The dog that may be partially responsible for getting Ethan Couch's deportation to the US delayed has gone missing. The "affluenza teen" and his mom, who has been deported, brought their dog with them when they fled to Mexico, and the SPCA in Puerto Vallarta—where Ethan and Tonya Couch were located by authorities—has reposted a Facebook post originally put up by a relative of Tonya Couch's, the Dallas News reports. The post offers a $1,000 reward for the return of the dog, named Virgil, and says he went missing near the intersection where the Couches were detained, per the News.

Not much information is available beyond that—the relative won't comment further; a spokesperson for the Jalisco fiscal office in Mexico says the dog "was never in our possession" but that his office is looking into the animal's whereabouts; and the US Marshals Service, the Tarrant County DA's office in Texas, the US Embassy, and Mexico's foreign ministry all claim to have no idea what happened to Virgil. Per the News, he looks like a "large shepherd mix or wolf hybrid"; the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says he "appears to be a Saarloos wolfdog—a female European wolf and a male German shepherd hybrid." At the Tuesday hearing at which Tonya Couch agreed not to fight extradition from California to Texas, her attorney said Couch's "two main concerns" are Ethan, who is still detained in Mexico, "and her dog, Virgil," WFAA reports. (More Ethan Couch stories.)

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