Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Geraldina Salup Trujillo, 35 tied neighbors dog to back of car

Miami, FL

Miami DadeCounty

April 20, 1982  
Nancy Solano, 35 drove car dragging the dog behind it

Miami, FL

Miami Dade County

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 Metropolitan Court

A 35-year-old Miami woman who pleaded guilty to dragging a neighbor's dog behind her car has been fined $250 and ordered by a judge to perform 250 hours of community work for the Dade County Animal Services.

Nancy Solano entered the plea before County Judge C. P. Rubiera on May 11th.

She had complained that Terry, a dog belonging to a 16-year-old neighbor, had tried to bite her daughter, knocked over garbage cans and dug holes in her yard.

Mrs. Solano's twin sister, Geraldina Salup Trujillo, who was a passenger in the car, pleaded innocent to the same charge. Bruce Lehr, assistant state attorney, said a jury trial would be scheduled within the next few weeks.

Mrs. Solano told the court she and her sister had put a rope around the dog's neck and tried to get the animal into a car, but the animal balked. She said they then tied up the dog, but later let it go, with the rope still loosely tied around its neck. She said she later got in her car and set off to pay her telephone bill, but was stopped by other motorists who informed her she was dragging a dog.

Mrs. Solano originally told police she and her sister were trying to take the dog to another neighborhood with plans of turning it loose there.

The small, brown dog spent 3 weeks in a veterinary hospital recovering from the April 20th incident. Terry is now back home with her owner, Mayra Cardenas, age 16.

Miss Cardenas, a student at South Miami Senior High, said that she thinks Mrs. Solano's sentence should have been, 'a little more harsh.'

Update 7/16/82: Geraldina Trujillo, accused with her twin sister of tying a neighbor's pesky dog to a car and dragging it away, was found guilty on July 15th 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..

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