In Bakersfield, California, Elaine Rosa, the woman alleged to have been caught on video dragging a dog behind a motorized scooter pleaded not guilty in court on Monday.
Prosecutors have charged the woman with felony animal cruelty and a misdemeanor for failing to provide animal care. Rosa was spotted dragging the small dog behind an electric scooter in early January. Brandon Saunders witnessed the disturbing situation and confronted Rosa. Saunders stated the woman acted “indignant” and said she would call authorities.
“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 it,” Saunders posted on social media. “You can see that its paws are all completely bloody. I was unable to get a good picture of the poor dog’s side.”
The dog, named Zebra received medical treatment for his injuries and returned to the legal owner.
According to the Bakersfield.com, Rosa is not allowed to own or to be in possession of any animals until the outcome of the case. The defendant had been employed as a psychologist at Kern Valley State Prison; her contract was terminated the day after the video went viral.
If found guilty of the felony charge, Rosa could be sentenced to three years in jail and up to a $20,000 fine. The misdemeanor charge is punishable by the maximum sentence of six-months in jail.