Video depicting a woman pulling her dog along with a rope while she drives a car has resulted in allegations of animal cruelty and an investigation by Stockton animal services. The cellphone video, shot by fellow driver Amanda Brajkovich, was picked up by Stockton's Fox 40 and includes a confrontation between Brajkovich and the unknown woman.
"Disgusting," Brajkovich can be heard exclaiming.
"If you're going to be a dog owner, a responsible dog owner, then you need to get out and walk your dog you know, don't be lazy,” Brajkovich told the channel. “First thought was 'oh my god this dog is going to get hurt' you know, maybe a car's going to go past him and hit him.”
This all went down on Sunday just outside of Stockton's Louis Park, and at first did not elicit more than a shrug from the city's police department. “At this point it appears there was no animal cruelty,” a representative with Stockton Police told Fox 40. However, "the driver would have been cited for distracted driving."
But not so fast, as according to CBS 13, Phillip Zimmerman of Stockton animal services is looking into the matter and could recommend that charges be filed under California Penal Code 597T, which has to do with ensuring animals don't get tangled in their chains or leashes.
Regardless, the dog was essentially running in the middle of the street, which is not a comforting sight for any dog lover — including Brajkovich. "Like even if it wasn't hurting the dog, you're taking the chance of somebody else hurting your dog.”