In Mission, Texas, a man faces animal cruelty charges after a video surfaced on social media of him dragging a German shepherd behind a motorized scooter he was driving. Mario Cardona stated on the video the dog belonged to him and for people not to worry after a witness told him to stop.
According to the Valley Central News, Lt. Jody Tittle, with the Mission Police Department, stated the incident was reported on Wednesday after a witness spotted Cardona dragging the German shepherd behind his scooter for approximately a block:
“I turn around. I see him dragging his dog from the middle of street all the way to second drive way. I’m out of my car yelling at him, asking him ‘what are you doing? What’s wrong with you?’ And he just keeps telling me to mind my own business,” stated his neighbor Melissa Torres. “It’s his dog and he can do whatever he wants.”
Multiple calls about the disturbing incident flooded into the police department. Cardona, 59, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. Bond was set at $10,000. The dog is currently being cared for at Animal Control and is reported to be doing fine although she suffered minor lacerations and bruises.
(Photos of owner arrested for dragging German shepherd freeze shots of video.)
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