‘Charles the Monarch’ owner found guilty of plea agreement violation

(WAVY/Walter Hildebrand)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Daniel Painter, owner of Charles the Monarch, was found guilty of violating a plea agreement with the city of Norfolk.

Painter pleaded guilty to the charge of failure to exercise proper care and control of his animal last week.

However, Painter violated the agreement earlier this week, after WAVY News 10 captured video of Charlie running around a Norfolk restaurant patio unleashed.

Painter must pay a $250 fine. He received no jail sentence during Friday’s court hearing.

In addition to that, Painter will also be losing custody of Charles.  The dog was to be turned over to the animal shelter by 2:30 p.m. Friday.  Deputy City Attorney, Cynthia Hall told WAVY.com that the dog was with Painter’s sister and that she was cooperating. By close of business Friday however, the dog had not been returned.

Painter’s attorney, Bobby Howlett, told WAVY.com they planned to appeal.  City spokesperson Lori Crouch said, “We will take appropriate action once Painter’s attorney has filed his appeal.”

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