Spanish Springs Woman Faces Jail for Hitting Dog with Car

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - A Spanish Springs woman faces possible jail
time after being found guilty of intentionally running over a dog with her car during a dispute with two horseback riders on her property.

Sparks Justice of the Peace Kevin Higgins found 61-year-old Chris McClenahan was guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Sentencing was not immediately scheduled.

During a one day bench trial, McClenahan testified she didn't see the 85-pound Labrador retriever named Parker in front of her sport utility vehicle, and wasn't aware she had struck him until later that day last August.

The dog recovered from its injuries.

Parker's owner and a friend, however, said McClenahan was in a rage when she struck the dog once, then again, before driving off without offering assistance.

Lawyers say the women were riding their horses in a utility easement area on private property with public access.

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