Mission, Texas – The man who was seen dragging his German Shepherd using his mobility scooter has been charged with Animal Cruelty.
Mission police arrested 59-year-old Mario Cardona in the morning of February 17 after a video showing him dragging a German Shepherd dog by the leash behind his mobility scooter circulated on Facebook.
Melissa Torrez was leaving her home at the 3000 block of Sierra Court at about 6:20 p.m. on February 16 when she saw Cardona committing an act of animal cruelty.
“I turn around. I see him dragging his dog from the middle of street all the way to second drive way. I’m out of my car yelling at him, asking him ‘what are you doing? What’s wrong with you?’ And he just keeps going telling me to mind my own business, it’s his dog he can do whatever he wants,” Torrez told KGBT.
Lt. Jody Tittle with the Mission Police Department said Torrez added that the man dragged the German Shepherd for about two blocks. According to Mission police, they received hundreds of calls regarding the incident.
The man has since been arrested and charged with animal cruelty. A judge set his bond at $10,000.
G2, the female German Shepherd in the video, is under the care of Animal Control. She is reportedly healthy and doing well.