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Posted on: September 7, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Loudoun Man Charged with Animal Cruelty

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A Sterling man is facing a charge of animal cruelty in connection with the alleged abuse of his dog. 
Loudoun County Animal Services (LCAS) conducted an investigation on Thursday, August 31, 2017, after receiving a report of suspected cruelty from a member of the public. The LCAS investigation found a dog had been severely beaten with a baseball bat at a residence in Sterling. The dog survived and is currently 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, was served with the warrant for his arrest. Graves is charged with animal cruelty, a Class I misdemeanor. Graves was released on bond. Graves 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.  

Residents may report various concerns related to animal welfare to the Department of Animal Services online at or by calling 703-777-0406. 

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