A California woman who was allegedly filmed violently dragging a dog behind her electric scooter has been charged with animal abuse and neglect.
Elaine Rosa was charged Friday with felony animal abuse, which carries a maximum punishment of three years in jail and a fine of up to $20,000 according to a press release by the Kern County District Attorney’s Office.
“The criminal case is the result of investigation by the Bakersfield Police Department after receiving reports of a dog, later identified as ‘Zebra,’ being dragged by a rider of an electric scooter in Bakersfield on January 9, 2019,” the Kern County DA’s Office wrote. “The incident was partially captured by video surveillance cameras and was reported to police by concerned witnesses.”
A local passerby named Brandon Sanders wrote of the alleged incident on his Facebook page at the time and posted pictures of the suspect. A video of the incident also sparked uproar on social media.
“The dog was on its side and we watched it being drug at least 100 yards and there’s no telling how long she had been dragging it for before we saw her,” Sanders wrote. “You can see that its paws are all completely bloody.”
Rosa is a psychologist who had been contracted by the Kern Valley State Prison until two days prior to the alleged incident, 23ABC News reports
She posted bail and was no longer in custody as of Saturday, the outlet reports.
Rosa’s attorney, Bo Koenig, released a statement on the matter.
“We were recently advised by law enforcement that official charges have been filed against my client. I’ve reached out to my client and we plan on cooperating with law enforcement 100 percent,” he said, according to WHNT.
Rosa’s felony arraignment will take place on March 4 at the Kern County Superior Court, according to online court records.
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