MARBLE FALLS, Texas -- A 27-year-old woman has been charged with cruelty to animals after neighbors witnessed her dragging her five-pound Yorkshire Terrier by its leash with her Ford Expedition.
“The way her pads were, they were completely gone like as if you or I had the skin on the bottom our feet completely worn down until the bottom of our muscle,” said Jacey Ferguson with Marble Falls Animal Control.
Mimi also lost a number of her toenails which were torn off during the ordeal.
“It doesn't make sense...no matter what, it doesn't make sense,” said Captain Glenn Hanson with the Marble Falls Police Department.
The incident happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday in a residential neighborhood in Marble Falls.
Witnesses told police that Maricela Sanchez was driving about 10 mph with the dog trying to keep up.
Captain Hanson said it is not illegal to walk a dog by holding onto its leash while driving a vehicle.
“I would not recommend a car or truck, I would recommend a bicycle because as fast as you can go on the bike, your dog can go that fast most of the time,” Ferguson said.
Mimi is now with a foster family and has to have all of her paws bathed in Epsom salts four times a day.
Hanson also said that Sanchez did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“A certain issue with a language barrier of course couldn't get a whole lot more detail but she didn't, I don't think really saw that it was really any issue that she was dragging this dog behind the vehicle,” said Hanson.
“You wouldn't do this to your child, why would you do the same thing that requires the same amount of attention? They look at you like your child would,” Ferguson said.
Sanchez has a hearing next week where she’ll get a chance to convince a judge why she should be able to keep Mimi.
If convicted, Maricela Sanchez could receive up to two years in prison.