Video that spread online showed a dog owner in Stockton, Calif. driving down the street with her dog tied to a rope running along the car’s side.

The owner insisted her dog was not being abused because there was slack on the rope, Fox40.com reported. Police, upon viewing the video, appeared to side with the owner said there did not appear to be any evidence of animal abuse. Still, they reportedly could have cited her for distracted driving.

Though the dog’s owner appears to be safe in the eyes of the law, her actions drew scrutiny from the woman who confronted her.

“You’re going to be a dog owner, a responsible dog owner, then you need to get out and walk your dog you know, don’t be lazy,” Amanda Brajkovich, a Stockton resident who recorded the incident, said.

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