BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Charges were dismissed Monday against Elaine Rosa, who once faced a felony animal cruelty charge for dragging a small dog from an electric scooter.
In October of last year Rosa entered a pretrial diversion program in which the criminal case against her was suspended and a number of conditions set in order to have the case dismissed.
Rosa, 39 at the time, sparked outrage when surveillance footage of her dragging a dog from a Bird scooter appeared on social media. The footage showed the animal motionless as the scooter pulled him along streets in Downtown Bakersfield.
A petition calling for felony charges received more than 2,000 responses, and the animal cruelty charge and a misdemeanor charge of failing to provide animal care were filed weeks later.
The dog, Zebra, suffered bloody paws and abrasions but no permanent damage.