A dog whose paws were injured when a Rancho Penasquitos woman allegedly dragged it behind her car didn't pose a threat to anyone, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Victoria Manriquez, 42, tied the stray dog to a rope that she attached to her car, then pulled the animal down the street before onlookers forced her to stop and put the bloodied animal inside, Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert Madruga said.
Blood stains from the animal, which survived, began in the street about 500 feet from Manriquez's house and ended more than half a mile away at the spot where she put the dog in her car, Madruga told jurors in his opening statement at Manriquez's trial.
Manriquez is charged with one misdemeanor count of cruelty to an animal, which is punishable by up to one year in County Jail and a $1,000 fine.