UPDATE - Nonagenarian Dies From Dog Mauling

Thursday, June 01, 2017

 June 8, 2017, 3:31 p.m.

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at approximately 7:00 p.m., members of the Virginia Beach Police Department and the Virginia Beach Animal Enforcement Unit executed a series of search warrants in relation to the fatal dog attack that occurred on May 31, 2017, in the Pembroke Manor section of Virginia Beach.   

As this is an active investigation, information pertaining to the search warrants is not available for release.


As always, members of the public having information pertaining this investigation is encouraged to contact the Virginia Beach Animal Enforcement Unit at (757) 385-4444.  Those wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or by texting "VBTIP" and the information to CRIMES (274637).  Tipsters will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.


On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at approximately 7:37 p.m., Officers were dispatched to assist Animal Enforcement regarding a report of an animal attack in the Pembroke Manor neighborhood.  Officers arrived to find a female nonagenarian suffering from severe bites and lacerations.  The victim was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Sadly, the victim succumbed to her injures this morning, June 1, 2017.  

Out of respect for the family's wishes, the decedent's identity will not be revealed.

The preliminary investigation has revealed that the canine, a 50 pound, 1-year-old American Pitbull Terrier, attacked the woman who was lying on the floor due to a fall.

The canine is currently in quarantine at the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center.

This is an active investigation by members of the Virginia Beach Police Department's Homicide Unit and the Virginia Beach Animal Enforcement Unit.


MPO Tonya Pierce

Public Affairs Officer​

Virginia Beach Police Department