Protesters demand justice served for dog dragged by scooter

Protesters have gathered in front of the Bakersfield Police Department headquarters in Bakersfield, Calif., on Saturday, Jan 12. 2019 to demand justice for a dog that was seen being dragged behind a scooter last weekend. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Protesters lined up outside Bakersfield Police Department headquarters on Saturday to protest a cruelty case involving Zebra, the dog that appeared in a video being dragged behind an electric scooter by a leash for at least 100 yards at about 15 miles per hour, according to witnesses.

Bakersfield resident Eneria Atea is one of the many protesters demanding justice in the case.

“The police department did not press charges, let her go, it’s still under investigation,” she said. “That I do not understand.”

Protesters recreated the cruelty scene by attaching a piece of cloth that looked like an animal and dragging it behind a scooter.

Police interviewed the woman in the video and released her pending further investigation.

Wofford Heights resident Robbin Grabowski also voiced her concerns.

“We don’t want this to be swept under the rug,” Grabowski said. “We don’t think it’s right and we don’t want her to get away with it and we hope that the new DA will make good on her word and make something punishable.”

Eyewitness News reached out to BPD and the Kern County District Attorney’s office to ask about the progress of the investigation, but is still waiting on a response.

“We need to keep people accountable for their actions,” Atea said. “That’s justice for me.”

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