A Sterling man is facing a charge of animal cruelty in the beating of a puppy earlier this month. On May 4, 2020, Loudoun County Animal Services (LCAS) received a call from an individual who reported seeing a husky-type puppy being beaten with a chain leash.
LCAS humane law enforcement officers investigated the allegation to find that it had occurred while the dog was in the care of a relative of the owner. The dog was removed from the premises and taken to a veterinarian for treatment. He did not sustain lasting serious bodily injury and was released to his owner the same day.
After authorities viewed video footage of the incident, an arrest warrant was issued for the dog owner’s relative, Vinh Dang, 49. On May 9, 2020, LCAS humane law enforcement officers, in partnership with Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputies, executed the arrest warrant, taking Dang into custody. Dang was released on a $2,500 bond, with the stipulation that he have no contact with any companion animals.
Dang is scheduled to return to court to face a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty in August 2020. A conviction of a Class 1 Misdemeanor in the Commonwealth of Virginia carries a maximum penalty of up to a $2,500 fine per count and one year in jail.
LCAS is responsible for enforcing state laws and Loudoun County and town ordinances that pertain to animals. Anyone who wishes to report an animal-related concern is encouraged to call 703-777-0406 or send an email.
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