After months of public uproar, a Californian woman looks likely to face criminal charges for dragging a dog along a road behind her electric scooter. Beware the video below could be disturbing to some viewers.
By, 27 Jun 2019
The incident, which occurred in January of this year, was filmed by a security camera belonging to local Kern resident James Dowell. The sickening video (below) was circulated on-line.
The scooter rider Elaine Rosa is seen riding along the road with the dog being dragged behind. Zebra suffered bloodied paws as a result of Rosa’s actions.
The dog was saved from further injury only after Rosa was stopped by a cyclist. Notwithstanding her causing Zebra injury Rosa’s reaction to being stopped further fuelled contempt for her actions. When confronted, Rosa’s reaction was unnervingly nonchalant. To passers-by she grinned and simply said “s**t happens,” writes The Metro.
Local man Brandon Sanders also took pictures of the incident and posted them on Facebook.
According to reports the dog did not even belong to Rosa.
Zebra has since been treated for his injuries.
Despite her admitting that she loved animals Rosa is now to face charges of animal cruelty.
Lady Free Thinker reported in February that the Kern Country District Attorney’s Office has “filed a felony animal cruelty charge and misdemeanor charge against the woman who dragged a small dog down the street behind her electric scooter in early January.”
Concerned for the dog’s wellbeing, Brandon Sanders and his girlfriend followed Rosa home and then called the police to report the incident.
Police later bailed Rosa to return to a Kern County court to face a criminal charge. No date has been set for her trial.
Her lawyer reaffirmed to the press that his client was an “animal lover”, according to LFT.
“My client loves animals, especially Zebra, the dog who was shown in the video,” said Rosa’s lawyer. “We are confident that once law enforcement has concluded their investigation that this will be ruled an isolated incident.”
If found guilty the woman’s actions could land her with three years in jail and a fine of up to $20,000.