Oregon woman pleads guilty to dragging dog with car

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by By KING5.com Staff and Associated Oress

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 12:37 PM

McMINNVILLE, Ore. - A McMinnville woman has pleaded guilty to animal abuse after she dragged a small dog on a leash behind her car as punishment.

On May 27, McMinnville police responding to several 911 calls found 67-year-old Ida Grace Mauser dragging the Lhasa Apso behind her car.

Witnesses said the car was not speeding, but it was traveling fast enough that the dog was unable to stay on its feet all the time.

Police Capt. Dennis Marks said the dog belonged to another member of Mauser's family.

The dog suffered damaged pads on its feet and appeared to have sore legs.

The Yamill Valley News Register reports that Mauser was sentenced to 80 hours of community service with Homeward Bound Pets and ordered her to pay $500 restitution to Yamhill County Dog Control.

Judge Kevin Kinney also ordered Mauser never to again use a mechanical device to walk or exercise an animal. She will be allowed to care for and/or own animals in the future.

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