Puppy euthanized in animal cruelty case

John Schultz, photo courtesy Virginia Beach Police.
John Schultz, photo courtesy Virginia Beach Police.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A 33-year-old man is facing a felony charge of animal cruelty after a puppy had to be euthanized due to serious injuries.

Police say a veterinarian’s office called Emergency Communications June 5 just after noon about a puppy that hadn’t received medical attention for his injuries. Animal control officers found the puppy in the 3600 block of Sea Gull Road.

The puppy was taken to the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center where it was determined the 5-month-old puppy received multiple injuries from “severe forceful trauma,” police said. The puppy had to be euthanized because of his injuries.

During the investigation, two other adult dogs were taken from the home and are in the care of the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center.

John James Schultz III of Virginia Beach was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty. He has since been released on bond.

Further information was not immediately available.

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