Man Made to Surrender Dog After Animal Cruelty Charges

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A man in Bristol, Virginia is facing animal cruelty charges.  Because of the charges against him, law enforcement officials and animal control have forced him to surrender his dog.

Richard Shepherd had been arrested on July 2nd on charges of animal abuse after a cat was found beaten to death, apparently with a large, blunt object.  A baseball bat was also found at the scene, which was not far from Shepherd’s home.

In a court hearing on Monday, a Bristol Virginia district court judge ordered Shepherd to turn in his dog.  This was part of a stipulation of his being bonded out of jail.

This surrender is also possibly in response to an outcry on social media websites by concerned citizens and neighbors.  If he were capable of doing what he allegedly did to the cat, what could he possibly do to the dog?

The charge was originally a misdemeanor.  However, because the cat had died, it’s been bumped up to a felony.  The Bristol Animal Control, along with police went to Shepherd’s home to get the dog out of there.  According to a statement by police, the dog will kept safe and sound with animal control until the court case plays out.



17 thoughts on “Man Made to Surrender Dog After Animal Cruelty Charges”

  1. I live in Virginia and use to be a NY Yankee prospect many, many moons ago……I still like to bat and throw>>>>>maybe I can get this wonderful man (????) to play ball with me,,,,,???…maybe……

    • I live in Virginia too. I hope you get to play with that soory excuse of a human. I ask you favor from a stranger, a follow Viginian. When you’re playing with the bat I would so appreciate it if you strike him between the eyes for me, and all the abused animals in our state!! Thanks!!!

  2. The man is some kind of sicko and he also looks like he is trying to become a woman .. note the lack of facial hair, the eyes/brows and his skin. That poor poor dog 🙁

  3. Just beat him to death with the bat. Another worthless human who doesn’t deserve space on the planet


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