2 charged with animal cruelty in Va. Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Two people are facing charges after police say multiple emaciated dogs had to be removed from their home. Two of the dogs had to be humanely euthanized because of their poor health.

Police said they were first alerted to a home in the 5800 block of Pickering Street on the morning of September 7, when a citizen flagged down a deputy, asking for help regarding a sickly dog. An animal control officer responded and found an emaciated female boxer type dog that appeared to be malnourished and have skin problems.

The officer located the owner, who relinquished custody of the dog to animal control.  The dog was taken to a vet, where it remains in animal control's care.  The officer was unaware of any other dogs on the property at that time.

Later that day, animal control was again called out to the 5800 block of Pickering Street, after a maintenance crew called, saying they found a dead dog in the yard of a vacant home.

It was discovered the dog was still alive, but barely breathing. The female mixed breed was rushed to a local emergency veterinarian clinic, where the animal was humanely euthanized due to her condition.

Investigators learned the owner of the dog was the same owner of the dog that had been confiscated earlier in the day.  Officers found a second owner as well as two more dogs, both of which were relinquished to animal control at that time.

After a veterinary evaluation, one of the additional dogs was also humanely euthanized due to her condition. The second dog was evaluated and remains under the care of animal control.

The owners, 41-year-old Stephine Machelle Stallworth and 22-year-old Justin Malik Jones, were each charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, and two counts of felony animal cruelty. Both have been released on bond.

Animal control continues to investigate the case.

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