BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A woman accused of dragging a small dog behind a scooter in California after photos and videos captured the incident last month has been charged.
Prosecutors filed animal abuse and neglect charges against Elaine Rosa on Friday, according to television station KERO in Bakersfield.
Rosa faces three years in jail and a $20,000 fine.
“We were recently advised by law enforcement that official charges have been filed against my client,” Rosa’s attorney Bo Koenig said in a statement.
“I’ve reached out to my client and we plan on cooperating with law enforcement 100 percent. She is in the process of turning herself over to the authorities this evening.”
According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Rosa was a contracted psychologist at Kern Valley State Prison beginning on Jan. 3, 2018. Her contract was terminated on Jan. 7 this year.
The Bakersfield Police Department say it has begun making efforts to take her into custody for her arrest warrant.
The viral video that showed Rosa dragging a small dog behind the scooter in January sparked an uproar on social media.
It is unknown if the video played into her termination.
According to police, Rosa was not the owner of the dog . The dog has since been returned to its owner and received medical treatment.AlertMe