California woman accused of dragging dog behind scooter

Viral post about incident sparked outrage

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) -- A woman accused of dragging a dog behind a scooter has been charged with animal abuse and neglect.

Charges were filed against Elaine Rosa on Friday by the District Attorney's Office.

Rosa, charged with one felony and one misdemeanor, faces 3 years jail time and a $20,000 fine.

Bo Koenig, Rosa's attorney, released a statement:

We were recently advised by law enforcement that official charges have been filed against my client. 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.

Rosa turned herself in and was later released on bond.

The viral video that showed Rosa dragging a small dog behind an electric scooter in January sparked an uproar on social media.

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, 2019.

It is unknown if the video played into her termination.

According to Bakersfield Police, Rosa was not the owner of the dog . The dog has since been returned to its owner and received medical treatment.

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