Former Loudoun Deputy Guilty in Dog Death Case

The former Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was charged in June with felony animal cruelty pleaded guilty on Friday to a lesser charge.

In Loudoun County District Court, Dustin W. Moon, 38, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cruelty to animals. He was given a suspended sentence of 12 months in jail, ordered to complete an anger management program and charged $551 in court cost.

The dog’s death came to light in May, during an internal investigation into an unrelated administrative violation. During the investigation, it was learned Moon killed his pet dog sometime between February and March and discarded the remains in a dumpster, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Moon had worked for the agency for 11 years and most recently was assigned to the Emergency Communications Center. He was placed on administrative leave after the charge was filed June 9, but he is no longer employed with the agency, according to LCSO spokesman Kraig Troxell.

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