|Who, age||What||Where||When||Last Known Address|
|Geraldina Trujillo, 35||tied neighbors dog to back of car||
|April 20, 1982|
|Nancy Solano||drove car with dog to it||
|April 20, 1982|
|Type of Crime||Other Crimes||#/Type of animal(s) involved||Case Status||Next Court Date /Courthouse|
|1st degree misdemeanor||1 mixed-breed female dog||Convicted|
Geraldina Trujillo, accused with her twin sister of tying a neighbor's pesky dog to a car and dragging it away, was found guilty Thursday of cruelty to an animal and fined $500.
Trujillo, 35, appeared before Dade County Judge C.P. Rubiera without a lawyer. She testified that she did not know the dog was tied to the car, which was being driven by her sister, Nancy Solano. Two witnesses also testified that Trujillo apparently did know what was going on.
The witnesses said they flagged down the car driven by Solano, on SW 33rd Street April 20, and freed Terry, the pet of Marya Cardenas, 16.
Robert Lawson, a retired doctor, and Lois Mack, a probation officer, reported that Solano had said she and Trujillo did not intend to harm the dog, but meant to lose it in another neighborhood because it had been knocking over garbage cans and digging holes in Solano's yard at 6365 SW 34th St.
Assistant State Attorney Erica Raffel also questioned Dr. Mary Brouwer, the veterinarian who treated the dog, about its injuries. The dog, a mixed-breed female, eventually recovered.
Solano pleaded no contest to an animal cruelty charge May 11. Judge Rubiera fined her $250 and ordered her to perform 250 hours of community service.
According to Raffel, Trujillo rejected a prosecution offer to plead guilty
and accept the same penalty. In addition to a fine of $500 plus court costs,
she was ordered to report to a probation officer for six months.
Cruelty to animals is a first-degree misdemeanor, with maximum penalties of a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
"The entire thing was an unfortunate incident," the prosecutor said.
The Miami Herald