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The animal cruelty charge against a woman was dismissed on Monday over a 2019 video broadcast on social media allegedly pulling a dog on a leash, according to court records available online.

Elaine Rosa qualified for a mental health diversion program in October 2020 that allows defendants to receive mental health treatment, according to a previous report by The Californian. If the individual successfully completes the program, the fees may be dismissed.

Rosa was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after a video was posted on social media showing her riding a bird scooter while pulling a dog named zebra in 2019.

The video showing the dog being dragged into downtown Bakersfield sparked a backlash against Rosa at the time. Police said the bird scooter traveled four tenths of a mile at speeds between 13 and 20 mph. Zebra suffered moderate injuries in the incident.