A cell phone video showing a woman driving with her tethered dog running alongside the car is going viral, and causing outrage among dog lovers. Police in Stockton, California have reviewed the video and determined that the owner will not be charged with animal cruelty – a decision that community members and animal activists disagree with.
Amanda Brajkovich couldn’t believe her eyes when she witnessed the blue sedan and the brown and white pup on what she described as a busy roadway. She told Fox 8 News:
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.
Outraged, Brajkovich posted the footage to Facebook where the public has had a chance to weigh in. The overwhelming consensus is that the driver’s actions were lazy, reckless and a danger to the dog as well as other drivers. Phillip Zimmerman, a local animal services department worker pointed out to KOVR TV that the dog’s leash was being controlled by a small child riding in the car, raising even more concerns.
We have a lack of humane education – not only for adults, obviously in this case, but children as well.