Shocking video footage shows woman unfazed as she drags a dog behind her on her electric scooter and leaves it with bloody paws
The dog sustained injuries to its paws and had to be taken to a vet for treatment, but is expected to recover fully
Police in California are investigating a horrific case of animal cruelty after a video that went viral on social media appeared to show a woman traveling 15 mph on an electric scooter dragging a distressed dog behind her on a leash.
The incident, which unfolded in Bakersfield, was captured on the home surveillance system of resident James Dowell and shows the woman speeding down the street on a bird rental scooter with a mixed-breed black and white dog named Zebra struggling to keep up behind her.
Dowell wrote that the only reason she later stopped is that she was confronted by a pair of cyclists. One of those cyclists, Brandon Sanders, shared his encounter with the woman on his Facebook page, sarcastically describing her as an "awesome human being." Sanders said he watched the woman drag the dog with the leash for at least 100 yards and that 'there's no telling how long she had been dragging it" before they spotted her. He even managed to snap pictures of the woman proudly holding Zebra and showing off its paws that had been bloodied during the incident, with her sweater also appearing to be stained with the dog's blood.
He also revealed that when they followed her to her apartment and questioned her about the cruelty, she responded with, "S*** happens, just like with kids." He angrily posted, "WTF?!?! Ummm yeah I don’t drag my kids down the street by a leash."
The Bakersfield Police Department (BPD) confirmed in a press release that officers from the department, as well as those from animal control, were dispatched to the residence, located on the 2200 block of 24th Street, after receiving reports of animal abuse from the cyclists. However, they wrote that despite several attempts to contact any residents inside, officers were unsuccessful.
Zebra was taken to a vet and received medical attention and is expected to fully recover from his injuries. On conducting a follow-up inquiry, the BPD found that the woman captured in the video was not, in fact, the owner of the dog and that it belonged to another person.
They said that, within two hours of the incident, the owner had taken Zebra to receive treatment and that a medical plan had been established with the vet and legal owner to address its injuries. They confirmed that the dog had been permitted to remain in the care and custody of the legal owner. Detectives also stated they had managed to identify and contact the woman captured in the surveillance footage. She was interviewed but then released pending further investigation.
According to Bakersfield Now, the woman has now hired an attorney to represent her. The attorney released a statement defending his client which read, "We have been 100% cooperative with the Bakersfield Police Department and their investigation. My client loves animals, especially Zebra, the dog who was shown in the video. We are confident that once law enforcement has concluded their investigation that this will be ruled an isolated incident. The dog is doing great and expected to have a full and short recovery."
(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Watch the video of the woman dragging Zebra behind her scooter here: