A South Texas man has been arrested for animal cruelty; after a passer-by recorded video of him dragging a dog behind his motorized wheelchair last week.
Mario Edwardo Cardona, 59, was booked into the Hidalgo County Jail on Thursday on a charge of animal cruelty to non-livestock animals. His bail is set at $10,000.
Melissa Torrez was driving in her Mission neighborhood Wednesday evening when she saw a man dragging his dog down a sidewalk.
“I’m out of my car yelling at him, asking him: ‘What are you doing? What’s wrong with you?’ ” she told us. “And he just keeps going, telling me to mind my own business — it’s his dog, he can do whatever he wants.”
The man — later identified by police as Cardona — is heard yelling at Torrez when she threatens to call the police: “Call them, it’s my dog.”
Torrez did call police, and they arrested Cardona about 15 hours later.
Lt. Jody Tittle of the Mission Police Department said Cardona had dragged the dog behind his wheelchair for about two blocks.
The dog, a female German shepherd, was placed in the care of Mission’s animal control.
Cardona has an arrest record dating back to 1993 in Hidalgo County; charges including aggravated assault, arson and driving while intoxicated.
Fortunately animal control officers said the dog, called G2, was unharmed.
Warning: This video includes disturbing footage.