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Ethan Couch's Dog Virgil Is Missing in Puerto Vallarta 

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Ethan Couch is still in Mexico. Apparently, so is his dog.

The Texas teen killed four people and injured two others while driving drunk in 2013. He became famous after his attorneys argued he was afflicted with ‘affluenza’ and received ten years of probation. Couch and his mother Tonya fled to Mexico before being apprehended in late December in Puerto Vallarta.

Mexican authorities are still holding Ethan in Mexico City, while his mother appeared in a Tarrant County court today for a hearing to lower her bail.

Their dog Virgil, a Saarloos wolfdog, is still in Mexico.

The Couches brought Virgil with them to Puerto Vallarta. A post on the Puerto Vallarta SPCA Facebook page offered a $1,000 reward for his return:

Misty McWilliams, a relative of Tonya Couch, created the post. When asked about the post by the San Antonio Current, McWilliams said “I’m sorry I have no comment on that,” and hung up the phone.

Neither Mexican nor U.S. authorities have information about the dog’s whereabouts.

Rafael Mayorga, a spokesman for the Jalisco state prosecutor’s office, told The Dallas Morning News that while he had heard rumors of the missing dog, he had no information about its location.

“The dog was never in our possession, so I cannot deny or confirm that the dog was there,” Mayorga said. “This is also a mystery to us.”

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