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California woman seen in video dragging dog behind scooter pleads not guilty

Posted at 3:40 PM, Mar 04, 2019

BAKERSFIELD, California — Elaine Rosa, the woman who was apparently shown in a video dragging a dog behind a motorized scooter, has pleaded not guilty in court on Monday.

Rosa is facing one felony charge of cruelty to an animal and one misdemeanor charge of failing to provide animal care.

In January, a video surfaced showing a woman, who appeared to be Rosa, riding a motorized scooter, dragging a dog. The video went viral.

Charges were filed on Feb. 15 by the District Attorney's Office against Rosa for animal abuse and neglect.

Rosa faces 3 years jail time and a $20,000 fine.

Rosa was in court Monday where she pleaded not guilty.

She's scheduled to be back in court for preliminary hearings April 16 and 17.

A judge said she is not allowed to be in possession of animals.