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Docs: Woman on scooter dragged dog at up to 25 mph

Officers recreated incident with bag of potatoes
Posted at 10:32 AM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-12 14:13:30-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield woman accused of dragging a dog behind her while riding a Bird scooter was driving as fast as 25 miles an hour, according to the police report obtained by 23ABC News.

According to the police report, officers even recreated the incident, with an officer weighing close to the same as Rosa on Jan. 6 and dragging an 18-pound bag of potatoes behind the same scooter.

The report also shows the dog, Zebra, suffered injuries "consistent with being hit by a car" according to the animal hospital that treated the dog.

Elaine Rosa's wife, shown to be the legal owner of the dog according to the report, took Zebra to Animal Emergency and Urgent Care the day after Rosa was stopped by witnesses on A Street in Downtown Bakersfield. She told police she initially lied to the hospital about how the animal was injured, telling officers she was concerned the hospital would deny treatment and take the dog.

Data obtained from Bird by Bakersfield Police shows Rosa rode the scooter for .3 miles, traveling at speeds between 2 miles an hour and 25.3 miles an hour.

On Feb. 15, the Kern County District Attorney's office filed a felony animal cruelty charge as well as a misdemeanor charge against Rosa.

She is currently out on bail and is expected back in court on April 16. If convicted, Rosa faces up to three years in jail and a fine of $20,000.