A man accused of deliberately running over his estranged wife’s pet Chihuahua was charged with animal cruelty, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.
Michael David Parker of Sherman Oaks was charged Wednesday with one felony count each of cruelty to an animal — with an allegation that he used his car as a deadly weapon — and animal neglect, according to a news release from the DA’s office.
Police and animal control officers responded to an alley near El Segundo Boulevard and Doty Avenue in Hawthorne on Jan. 3 after a local resident found a dog that had been dead for several days and placed it inside a bag, a news release from the Hawthorne Police Department stated at the time.
Surveillance video from a few days earlier, on Dec. 28, showed Parker running over the 5 1/2-year-old Chihuahua named “Cow Cow” and leaving the dog to die in the alley, police said.
Parker’s estranged wife Olga told KTLA back in January that she believed “Cow Cow” was killed in retaliation for not giving him money from their retirement fund.
If convicted on all counts, Parker faced a maximum possible sentence of five years, two months in state prison, the release stated.
He was scheduled to be arraigned on March 25.
KTLA’s Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.