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Virginia Beach man charged with animal cruelty after puppy euthanized

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John James Schultz III was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty for allegedly beating a five-month-old puppy to death reported the Daily Press.

According to a Virginia Beach Police Department press release, Schultz, 33, Animal Control seized the puppy from the suspect's residence at the 3500 block of Sea Gull Road. The puppy had been suffering from severe injuries, and had not been treated by a veterinarian. The injured dog was taken to the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center where it was humanely euthanized due to the extent of its injuries. Authorities stated the puppy suffered from "severe forceful trauma."

Two other unharmed adult dogs were removed from the home.

HamptonRoads.com reported a veterinarian called authorities on June 5 after the Labrador mix puppy was brought into his office with two broken legs and other serious injuries.

According to Virginia's animal cruelty laws, an owner is required under:

3.2-6503. Care of companion animals by owner; penalty stating that "owners are required to provide veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering or disease transmission."

Virginia also has a felony component applicable when the torture occurs during misdemeanor acts done "willfully" or a person maliciously deprives a companion animal of emergency veterinary treatment.

Rest in peace little innocent puppy.

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