NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- The owner of Coastal Dog Services in Newport News has been charged with animal care and cruelty related crimes in connection with incidents that led to the death of two dogs.
Jason Fox said his dog Fenway was attacked during a stay at Coastal Dog Services in late August. The kennel manager allegedly told Fox that Fenway had gotten his collar stuck in a fence and injured himself trying to break free, but based on the severity of the injuries, Fox believes Fenway was attacked by other dogs at the kennel.
Fenway died from his injuries a few days later.
"It was a little bit of satisfaction and relief," Fox says. "The fact the city did their due diligence is comforting."
Animal cruelty charges had previously been filed against the business and a kennel manager in relation to an earlier incident from June, which involved the death of a dog named Bruce.
"I want them held on the charges and I want to make sure justice is served for Fenway and the other animals and we will keep fighting," Fox says.
Following an investigation by Newport News Animal Services into Fenway's death, 61-year-old Rick Joseph Tvelia was charged with two counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of a boarding establishment failing to meet the adequate care requirements.
His business was charged separately with two counts of a boarding establishment failing to meet the adequate care requirements and one count of animal cruelty.
"I think our message is the same," Fox says. "We will keep fighting for animal rights not just in Virginia but animals across the country."
A court hearing for the June charges is set for Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. and a hearing for the August charges is set for Dec.13 at 1 p.m.
All of the charges are misdemeanors.