(AP) A chihuahua dog that was the once famous spokesman for the Taco Bell restaurant chain has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in district court. Attorneys for the animal claims that "they suddenly told him a few years ago that his services were no longer required and that he needed to empty out his office. He had no write ups for misconduct, received no disciplinary action, and never received any severance pay. We feel that our client's civil rights were violated and he should be compensated for his pain and anguish."
The dog, who became famous for a series of commercials and the catchphrase "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" (translated as "I want Taco Bell) was an instant phenomenon. His face soon appeared on t-shirts and billboards. The chain also begin marketing toy replicas of the chihuahua. Suddenly, and without warning, the ad campaign changed and the dog was no longer required.
"I feel like I've been put out to pasture, like Spuds McKenzie, Charlie the Tuna, or my old friend Colonel Sanders. We were all riding high in the game and were famous, and then suddenly they don't want us anymore. I made their stupid commercials, I acted scared of Godzilla, I did the Phantom Menace kids meal toys promotion, I used the accent that I had managed to lose through education and diction classes. I was a faithful employee of the company, and look how I was treated!"
"I demand compensation for the millions they made from marketing my image. I want fees for the number of times my commercials were shown on television. Actors recieve royalty checks and residuals every time their faces are seen on thier old shows, and I want what is coming to me! How would you like it if the only thing your company paid you was minimun wage and free milk bone dog biscuits? They made millions off of me, and never bothered to give me thier thanks. Just look at me now!"
The dog now lives in the A.S.P.C.A. (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) shelter in Los Angeles, California. His diet consists of Wal-Mart brand dog food fed to him in an old, plastic margarine tub. He has no grass to run on and sleeps on a ratty blanket on a concrete floor.
"Yo Quiero the life that I deserve. Yo Quiero what's coming to me. Yo Quiero Taco Bell!"