VB animal shelter owner faces criminal charges

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The owner of a Virginia Beach animal shelter is facing criminal charges.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office confirmed Jamie Cochran, owner of Forever Home Rehabilitation Center, is facing 10 counts of import animals without proper certification. This is a misdemeanor charge. She is due in General District Court on the charges in a month.

Virginia law says anyone who brings an animal into the state must have a certificate of inspection from a veterinarian in the state of origin.

Meanwhile, the shelter itself is the defendant in a lawsuit filed by the estate of Margaret Colvin. The 90-year-old Virginia Beach woman was mauled to death in May by Blue, a dog adopted from Forever Home Rehabilitation.

10 On Your Side obtained search warrants that state the dog had a history of biting, but it went unreported. The $5 million lawsuit claims the Forever Home knew or should have known about Blue’s biting history.

Those warrants also showed that Blue came into Virginia from New York without a vet’s certificate.

Colvin’s daughter said she had just adopted the dog hours before what she called a “vicious and unprovoked” attack.

The attorney for the business in the lawsuit, Scott Hartin, says he wants the city to hand over company records necessary for him to represent his client. The were  seized when Virginia Beach authorities began to investigate Colvin’s death.

Hartin says he does not represent Cochran on the criminal charges.

Stay with WAVY for updates on this developing story.