(Oct. 10, 2013) – A 13-year-old Loudoun County juvenile was sentenced Wednesday for an animal cruelty conviction in the death of his family dog. Authorities say the dog, an 8-pound toy breed, was repeatedly kicked by the child and his younger brother. The dog succumbed to internal injuries resulting from the abuse.
The juvenile was sentenced to 12 months supervised probation and is prohibited from residing with companion animals during that time. Additionally, he may not interact with any children his age or younger during this probation period. The younger sibling was diverted from prosecution and assigned counseling for his part in the incident.
“Loudoun County Animal Services works closely with Child Protective Services and the juvenile justice system to ensure that children involved in cases of animal cruelty receive the proper care, mental health counseling and guidance they need,” said Tom Koenig, Director of the Department of Animal Services. “We believe that with treatment or intervention, child offenders will be less likely to commit such crimes in the future.”
The Loudoun County Department of Animal Services is located at 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford, VA 20197. Animal Services can be reached seven days a week by calling 703-777-0406. More information is online at www.loudoun.gov/animals.