Charges have been dismissed against the California woman who was seen dragging a dog behind a scooter in Bakersfield on January 6. The woman, Elaine Rosa, was witnessed pulling a small dog named Zebra behind the scooter – the dog suffered abrasions on his legs and images just after the incident show him with raw, bloodied paws, while in the arms of Rosa, who is smiling.
As reported by KGET News, the felony charge that Rosa was facing was dismissed on Monday. Rosa had pleaded not guilty to the charge and the criminal charges against her were suspended just over a year ago after she qualified for a mental health diversion program. Prosecutor Andrea Kohler explained:
This is a statutory provision that allows for some people charged with felony crimes, if they fit the criteria, to ask for that leniency. It is a motion that is made by the defense and is assessed, and usually a report is provided, as in this case it was.”
Shortly after the dragging incident, Rosa was fired from her job as a contracted psychologist at Kern Valley State Prison. Zebra was treated for his injuries and has since made a full recovery; Rosa is not his owner and does not have him in her custody.
Prior article about this incident here.
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