Monday, October 02, 2017

On Thursday, September 7, 2017 at approximately 10:45 a.m., a citizen flagged down a Sheriff's Deputy working in the area, asking for help regarding a sickly dog. An Animal Control Officer responded to the 5800 block of Pickering Street in Virginia Beach and found an emaciated brown female boxer type dog that appeared to be suffering from malnourishment and skin problems. The Animal Control Officer was able to locate the owner, who ultimately relinquished ownership to Virginia Beach Animal Control. A veterinarian evaluated the dog and she remains under care at Animal Control. The officer was not aware of any other animals in the owners care at the time.


At approximately 4:30 p.m., Animal Control Officers were called out to the yard of a vacant home in the 5800 block of Pickering Street, Virginia Beach, for a deceased dog that had been found by a maintenance crew. The Animal Control Officer found an emaciated female mix breed dog, that was thought to be deceased, however was still barely breathing. Officers rushed the dog to a local Emergency Veterinarian Clinic where it was evaluated and due to her condition humanely euthanized. Through investigation, Animal Control Officers were able to locate the owner of the dog as the same owner from the case earlier in the day. Officers also located a second owner and two additional dogs, which were relinquished to Animal Control at that time. A veterinarian evaluated one of the remaining dogs that evening and due to her condition, she was humanely euthanized. The second dog was evaluated the following day and remains under care at Animal Control.


Stephine Machelle Stallworth, 41, and Justin Malik Jones, 22, both of the 5800 block of Pickering Street, Virginia Beach, have each been charged with two counts Animal Cruelty (3.2-6570), class 1 misdemeanor, and two counts Animal Cruelty (3.2-6570), class 6 felony and both released on bond.

The case remains under investigation by Animal Control Officer Kristina Watson as the lead investigator.​