A Sterling man is charged with animal cruelty after an investigation by Loudoun County Animal Services found the man’s dog had been severely beaten with a baseball bat.
Kevin R. Graves, 30, of Sterling was served with a warrant for his arrest as a result of the investigation. Graves is charged with animal cruelty, a Class I misdemeanor.
Graves, the owner of the dog, was released on bond. He is scheduled to appear in Loudoun County General District Court on October 4, 2017. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
LCAS conducted an investigation Aug. 31 after receiving a report of suspected cruelty from a member of the public. The dog survived and is in the custody of LCAS with plans to place the animal in foster care during his recovery.