Video: Man Intentionally Runs Over Estranged Wife's Dog, Police Say (Graphic)
A Hawthorne man was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after police found a shocking surveillance video showing him purposely mowing down a chihuahua with his car, police say.Michael David Parker, 45, was arrested on Jan. 3 after they were notified by a local resident who found a Chihuahua's body in a bag in an alley, KTLA reported. The 5 1/2-year-old dog named Cow Cow belongs to Parker's estranged wife, Olga Parker, who believes her pet was killed in revenge for her not giving him money from their retirement fund.
Police discovered a surveillance video that they say showed Parker driving up to an alley near El Segundo Blvd. and Doty Ave. on Dec. 28, getting out of his car, opening his trunk and getting back into it. Then a chihuahua walks in front of the car. Parker appears to speed up, drives over the dog and takes off, leaving it for dead. The dog lies on the ground convulsing in the alley.
"It's just shocking to see a little animal like that and to see this guy—you can actually see him drive toward the dog," Hawthorne police Lt. Scott Swain told the Los Angeles Times. "We come across weird things, strange things, gruesome things, but even to us, to see something like this is shocking."
Investigators used the video to get details on the car's license plate to identify Parker, who the Daily Breeze reports is the facilities manager at the Hustler Casino in Gardena. They arrested him on suspicion of animal cruelty. He told police it was an accident and has since posted $20,000 bail.
Olga Parker told KTLA, “If someone would do that to a dog… what would he do to my kids.”
The Daily Breeze reported her other dog Lucky is missing.
This graphic video shows the man running over the dog and the chihuahua is left writhing in pain:
This video shows a different angle of the incident, with the man getting into his car before driving over the dog: