Dragged dog no longer with scooter driver, who has hired attorney
NOTE: This story has been updated with an attorney’s statement.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Police are continuing to investigate a dog's dragging behind an electric scooter.
The incident was captured on video over the weekend and sparked a strong reaction within the community.
Meanwhile, the woman seen operating the scooter has hired a lawyer. The attorney issued a statement Tuesday night:
"We have been 100% cooperative with the Bakersfield Police Department and their investigation. My client loves animals, especially Zebra, the dog who was shown in the video. We are confident that once law enforcement has concluded their investigation that this will be ruled an isolated incident. The dog is doing great and expected to have a full and short recovery."
The attorney is withholding the woman's name due to threats she's received.
Video captured by home security cameras showed the unidentified woman dragging a dog behind a Bird electric scooter Sunday afternoon on A Street between 19th and 20th streets.
Another man posted on Facebook that he encountered the woman while riding bikes. That man, Brandon Sanders, said the dog was bloody and had been dragged by a leash for at least 100 yards at about 15 mph.
That man said he reported the incident to police.
Police now say the dog doesn’t belong to the woman seen using the scooter, and she’s no longer in possession of the animal.
Officers located the dog under the care of a different person, whom they determined was the legal owner.
The woman from the video has been interviewed by officers and released pending further investigation.
The dog has been to a veterinarian, treated and released. Officers confirmed a medical plan has been established with the veterinarian and the owner to address the animal’s injuries.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call police at (661) 327-7111.