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March 12, 2013

Reno council candidate disputes charges



Despite resigning from office and being arrested on a class A misdemeanor charge of forgery last May, Reno City Council candidate Carol Houlihan doesn’t believe the criminal charge is relevant to her pursuit to regain the council seat in May.

Allegations by law enforcement that she admitted to forging health certificates for around 50 dogs are also incorrect, according to Houlihan, who told the Democrat that only four dogs were involved and they were not sick, as was reported by a complainant.

Houlihan has filed to run against Eric Hunter, the man appointed to replace her on the council last year, for the Place 4 position in the May 11 municipal election.

Houlihan, who breeds and shows Portuguese Podengo Pequeno dogs, agreed to deferred adjudication, including nine months probation, over allegations she forged the signature of an Azle veterinarian on health certificates for the interstate sale of several dogs.

Houlihan, who was mayor pro tem at the time, reportedly approached Reno’s then police chief, Joe Polino, on March 15, 2012, and confessed to issuing falsified veterinarian health certificates for the sale of dogs over a period of several years, according to court records. 

Though Polino said Houlihan reported around 50 dogs were involved, according to court records, Houlihan denies that.

“The whole dog incident was because of some very mean and hateful people who I did a favor for,” Houlihan said. “And, basically, it was four dogs. Not fifty.

“There was never a sick dog involved, nothing,” Houlihan said. “That was all lies. But did I do something wrong? Yeah, I did. I did them a favor.”

“Yeah, it hurt my integrity but it doesn’t waver my feelings for Reno and what I want to do and continue to do,” Houlihan said, adding she believes she helped get the city on track financially after a previous council built a police department too big for the city to pay for.

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