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Woman sentenced for dragging dog 2 miles with pickup

September 29, 2011 |  4:49 pm

A Lancaster woman accused of dragging her dog more than two miles behind her pickup has pleaded no contest to felony animal cruelty charges, officials said Thursday.

Cecilia Bojorquez, 46, was driving more than 50 mph as her brown cocker spaniel, with a rope tied around its neck, was dragged along the asphalt in the July 28 incident, officials said.

An off-duty animal control officer spotted the dog jumping out of the bed of the pickup with the rope around its neck as the Dodge barreled along the roadway in Lancaster.

"Horrified, he attempted to catch up to the truck, honking his horn and flashing his lights," the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control said in a statement.

"The dog's injuries were so severe, the emergency hospital humanely euthanized her," agency Director Marcia Mayeda said. The incident, she said,  was one of the "more agonizing animal cruelty and neglect cases in recent memory."

Bojorquez was sentenced Monday to 3 years’ probation, 45 days of community service and $300 in fines and court costs. She was also ordered to take animal cruelty classes.


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