Woman in dog-dragging case lost job, faces legal punishment

Image: Brandon Sanders/Facebook; Video: James Dowell

The woman caught on video dragging a dog behind an electric scooter could face jail time.

A criminal complaint was submitted to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday against Elaine Rosa, 39, of Bakersfield, on allegations of animal cruelty, according to a news release from BPD.

BPD recommended she be charged with California Penal Code 597(b), a misdemeanor punishable with a year of jail time, a fine of $10,000, or both.

Rosa was caught on a home-security video on Jan. 6 riding an electric scooter with a small dog being dragged behind on the 2100 block of 24th Street.

The video went viral and Rosa lost her job as a contracted psychologist at Kern Valley State Prison. She had been in that job for just over a year.

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