SAN ANTONIO -

The second day of Herlinda Trigo’s trial on animal cruelty charges began Thursday with still no sign of Trigo.

When she failed to appear in court on Wednesday, a warrant was issued for her arrest and Judge Angus McGinty ordered that the trial begin without her.

On Thursday, San Antonio police Officer Michael Gomez testified that Trigo appeared to be in poor health when he located her at a West Side service station following reports of a dog being dragged behind a truck on June 27, 2012.

“She seemed to be in some type of pain and was complaining that she could not stand up,” Gomez said.

Trigo’s lawyer suggested that her client was in poor health and perhaps was not aware she was dragging the dog behind her truck as she drove along 36th Street that afternoon.

On Wednesday, Francisco Lopez testified he had confronted Trigo, 45, as she stopped for a traffic light and told her she was dragging a dog.

“She cussed at me and spit at me before driving off,” he told the jury.

If she is found guilty, Trigo is facing a punishment range of from two to 20 years in prison.

And she is also facing a fine and perhaps contempt of court charges for not showing up for her trial.

Testimony will resume on Monday. McGinty said there would be no court on Friday due to weather concerns.

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