A Sterling man is facing a charge of animal cruelty in connection with the alleged abuse of his dog.
The investigation by Loudoun County Animal Services was initiated after a report from a member of the public. Investigators found a dog had been severely beaten with a baseball bat at a Sterling home. The dog survived and is in the custody of LCAS with plans to place the animal in foster care during his recovery.
Based on the investigation, LCAS obtained an arrest warrant and the dog’s owner, Kevin R. Graves, 30, who was charged with animal cruelty. The Class I misdemeanor carries a sentence of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
Graves was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in Loudoun County General District Court on Oct. 4.
Concerns related to animal welfare may be reported to the Department of Animal Services online at loudoun.gov/AnimalComplaint or by calling 703-777-0406.