Cruelty charge for Chihuahua sitter
A dog-sitter's shortcut led to criminal charges for a US woman who ran a Chihuahua alongside her car at 10 to 15 mph.
The Daily Camera reported that 29-year-old Joan Renee Zalk faces animal cruelty and felony menacing charges after witnesses confronted her for running the pup alongside her Toyota Camry.
The newspaper reported that Zalk, of Boulder, Colorado, told officers the dog, named Cooper, "goes ballistic" if it does not walk three miles a day.
Witnesses called police after seeing the leashed dog struggling to keep up with the car. Zalk, who has been freed on bail, reportedly said the dog was fine.
Cooper was uninjured and was taken to a local shelter. The dog is expected to be released to its owner, who was away from home at the time of the incident.