Mission man accused of dragging dog in viral video released from jail for medical reasons
A Mission man accused of dragging a German Shepherd behind a motorized scooter in a viral video in February has been released from jail for medical reasons.
Mario Cardona, 59, was arrested Feb. 15 for cruelty to non-livestock animals and has since been in custody as he awaits trial.
Cardona was released this week due to several ongoing medical issues, according to his court-appointed lawyer Jose Ramirez.
“Everyone has agreed on his release so that the county does not have to pay for his incarceration while he is receiving medical treatment,” Ramirez said. “It’s saving everyone taxpayers’ money.”
Ramirez said that Cardona has suffered from diabetes and other medical issues that require daily medical treatment.
A motion to revoke Cardona's probation on a previous charge has been filed by the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office.
Cardona was on probation for possession of a controlled substance at the time of arrest, according to court records.
If the motion to revoke Cardona's probation is approved, he could face up to two years in county jail, according to Ramirez.
Cardona was scheduled to be in court Thursday for a hearing on the motion to revoke his probation, but it was reset so Cardona can go to trial for his most recent arrest first.
Cardona will be in court on April 13 when a trial date for the cruelty to non-livestock animal charge is expected to be announced.