District Attorney Files Animal Abuse Charges Against Psychologist Elaine Rosa

February 19, 2019

Bakersfield psychologist Elaine Rosa, who was accused of dragging a dog behind a scooter has been criminally charged with animal abuse and neglect.

On Friday, February 15, the Kern County District Attorney filed two criminal charges against Rosa--one felony and one misdemeanor--for animal abuse and neglect. 

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

Bo Koenig, Rosa's attorney, 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. 

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.

Source: “Woman accused of dragging dog behind scooter,” NBC 2 (Bakersfield, CA), January 18, 2019


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