Poultry Animal Cruelty Investigation

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

​On July 23, 2018 Animal Control Officers and Police responded to the 500 block of Dam Neck Road as part of an ongoing animal cruelty investigation. A large number of poultry were removed from the property and released to Animal Control by the owner. The animals are being cared for by staff at an offsite location at this time. The investigation led to criminal charges surrounding animal fighting.  

The first suspect, Emmannuel Limh​ Garcia, 52, of the 500 block of Dam Neck Road, Virginia Beach, has been charged with ten (10) counts Animal Fighting, 3.2-6571, class 6 Felony, one (1) count Conspiracy to Commit Felony, class 6 felony, and is being held in the Virginia Beach Correction Center without bond.

The second suspect, Rolando Salazar Geronimo, 75, of the 4000 block of Lumberjack Drive, Virginia Beach, has been charged with ten (10) counts Animal Fighting, 3.2-6571, class 1 misdemeanor, two (2) counts Animal Fighting, 3.2-6571, class 6 Felony,  one (1) count Conspiracy to Commit Felony, class 6 felony, and has been released on bond.

The animals are in the care of Animal Control, we are consulting with the Virginia State Veterinarians Office and the shelter veterinarian for disposition recommendations. 

The case remains under investigation by Animal Control Officer Travis Smith as the lead investigator. 

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