In a news release announcement on Tuesday, the Bakersfield Police Department filled in more of the blanks related to a dog dragging case that has enraged thousands of local residents as well as animal advocates across the country.
In Bakersfield, California, three short videos showed a woman dragging a small dog behind a Bird electric scooter. The video was captured on a home surveillance camera belonging to James Dowell on Sunday afternoon.
Brandon Sanders, posted on Facebook, that he encountered the woman on the scooter who had been going at least 15 mph dragging the small dog by a leash on its side. While no one could see how badly the dog was injured as he was being dragged, Sanders said the dog’s paws had been bloodied and he had been pulled at least a 100 yards. When he confronted the woman, she became indignant and threatened to call authorities.
Investigators have since confirmed the dog has received medical treatment and a medical plan had been established with the veterinarian and the dog’s legal owner. The dog remains in the care and custody of the owner and not in the woman seen in the videos who is alleged to have dragged the dog. Within two hours of the injuries, the dog had been taken to a veterinarian for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.
Further information reports that the spokesperson from Bird, the company that rents electric scooters, found the video “deeply disturbing.” According to Bakersfield.com,, the company’s response is as follows:
“As soon as we were made aware of the video, we began our own investigation of the incident and have suspended the account for the individual involved in the incident. We continue to encourage people in the communities in which Bird operates to report incidents of irresponsible behavior on Birds to us, as well as local authorities.”
The company states they investigate all reports and takes appropriate measures.
There have not been any arrests made at this time, although the case remains under investigation.
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