Shortly after 46-year-old Herlinda Trigo failed to appear in court, Judge Angus McGinty issued an arrest warrant for the woman.
Trigo is facing the animal cruelty charge following a horrific situation which took place in the summer of 2012. According to Francisco Lopez Jr., a witness, Trigo was dragging a small dog behind her truck.
Lopez stated that a cable was around the dog's neck and the dog, described as a Chihuahua mix, was running in a futile attempt to keep up.
When Lopez caught up to the woman at a red light to tell her that a dog was tethered to her vehicle, she allegedly was "disrespectful, and he told the court room that she stated "I (expletive) know, get the (expletive) away," before spitting on him.
Though Lopez tried to free the dog from the cable, the woman allegedly hit the gas and drove away; Lopez believes that the small dog's neck snapped at that point.
The deceased dog's body was later found discarded alongside the road. Trigo had told the authorities that she had tied the dog to the truck after the dog delivered puppies and claimed that the dragging incident was "a mistake."
The court case will continue without Trigo, resuming on Thursday.
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