Charge against ‘Charles the Monarch’ owner withdrawn

(WAVY/Walter Hildebrand)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A charge against Daniel Painter, the owner of famed dog “Charles the Monarch,” was nolle prossed — or withdrawn — Friday in court.

Painter was facing a failure to control animal charge stemming from a June 21 complaint. A resident of the Colonial Place neighborhood called animal control after seeing Charles off of his leash.

One day prior, a judge had ruled that the Labradoodle must be kept on a leash when in public. The judge had upheld a guilty verdict against Painter for failing to take proper care of the animal.

The June ruling was after Painter had pleaded guilty in April, and received a long list of provisions from the city — which included Painter keeping Charles on a leash at all times whenever taking him off his property.

Charles, who has gained local and national fame, is now the unofficial mascot of Old Dominion University and has his own Facebook page.

The June 21 complaint was the eighth since 2010, according to animal control records.

Lori Crouch with the City of Norfolk said Friday that the city is not moving forward with prosecution against Painter at this time.

Crouch says there have not been any recent complaints to Animal Control relating to Charles. The case could be reopened in the future if there are further violations.