A Hawthorne, Calif., man has been arrested after police say he intentionally drove a vehicle over his own dog, reported Monday's publication of the Daily Breeze.
The despicable act took place in an alley on Dec. 28, and it was captured entirely on video surveillance.
In the video, 45-year-old Michael David Parker can be seen walking to the rear of his luxury sedan and then walking back to the driver's side door and getting into the vehicle.
Parker's small dog, a five-year-old Chihuahua named "Cow Cow" who was presumably stowed in Parker's trunk, can be seen running from the rear of the car to the front area and then the true horror begins...
Seconds after the dog was removed from the vehicle, Parker backs up his car and, judging by the surveillance footage, he proceeds to purposefully drive forward, accelerating directly into the little dog's body.
The impact left Cow Cow with life-ending injuries...in the graphic video, the dog writhes on the ground for a few moments before dying.
Though Parker admitted that he was the man in the video, he denies that the dog's death was anything other than an accident.
There is speculation that Cow Cow's death could possibly be tied to Parker's ugly divorce - in fact, the estranged couple's other dog, "Lucky," is missing and there are concerns that the dog may have been harmed as well.
Police arrested Parker on Friday on a charge of suspected animal cruelty; he was released on $20,000 bail and is due back in court on March 25.
Click here to watch the surveillance video - warning GRAPHIC.
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