BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A woman accused of dragging a small dog behind a scooter in Bakersfield after photos and videos captured the incident last month has been charged.
Prosecutors filed a felony animal abuse charge and a neglect charge against Elaine Rosa last Friday, according to television station KERO in Bakersfield.
Rosa faces 3 years of jail time and a $20,000 fine for the felony charge.
Bo Koenig, Attorney for Rosa has 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.”
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.
Bakersfield Police say that they have begun making efforts to take her into custody for her arrest warrant.
The viral video that showed Elaine Rosa dragging a small dog behind an electric scooter in January sparked an uproar on social media. Rosa was a former employee of the Kern Valley State Prison as a contracted psychologist. Her contract was terminated on January 7.
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.
As of 8 a.m., Rosa posted bail and is no longer in custody.