The woman tied her pet dog to her car last summer, when a man took the vehicle and drove away with the dog still attached. After the car had been on the road for an hour, the dog was discovered dead.
The Växjö District Court in southern Sweden ruled on Monday that the woman was not guilty of animal cruelty, but had been negligent in tying the dog to her towbar.
The court also took into consideration the fact that she had not mentioned to the man that the pet was tied to the car, and that the car was parked in such a manner that it was hard to notice the animal.
The 52-year-old man who drove the car was also cleared of animal cruelty charges, as it could not be proven that he knew the dog had been tied to the vehicle.
He was sentenced to three months in prison, however, for driving without a licence and driving while intoxicated, among other charges.