8/26 UPDATE: Michael Ortega had a determination of counsel hearing this morning and his preliminary hearing was set for October 9, Kristin Hopkins with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney Office told

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Virginia Beach police have arrested a man for animal cruelty in the death of a puppy.

Police say MichaelCarlos Ortega, 27, has been charged with felony animal cruelty and released on bond.

The investigation began when a citizen brought their deceased puppy to the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center on Saturday morning. Police say an AnimalControl Officer spoke with the owner and opened the investigation into possible animal cruelty. Aveterinarian at the shelter found the puppy died from 'severe blunt force trauma.'

Police have not released specific details as to what led them to Ortega.

The case remains under investigation.

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