Man charged with animal cruelty after emaciated dog is found
According to Portsmouth Police, officials have charged 38 year-old Louis Madison Holloway, Jr. of the 800 block of Jousting Court, Chesapeake, the owner of a lab mix, with one count of animal cruelty after an emaciated dog was discovered.
Animal Control was called to the 600 block of Virginia Avenue on August 7, 2012 at approximately 10:30 a.m.
They say an officer was conducting a follow-up after complaints from citizens of pit bulls loose in the area.
Two adult dogs and two puppies were seen running through the neighborhood unattended. They were secured by officers and were in good health.
While still in the area, police say the officer found what looked like a deceased dog lying next to the same house.
They say the dog was tethered on a large chain. After closer investigation, the dog opened its eyes and appeared to be alive.
The lab mix was covered in flies and sores, emaciated and unable to stand.
The officer then transported the lab mix to a local veterinarian hospital for treatment.
The female lab mix, which has been named “Hope,” is currently in the custody and care of the Portsmouth Humane Society.