Man charged with animal cruelty

Published 3:06 pm Thursday, October 11, 2018

Suffolk Police have arrested a man on multiple animal cruelty and other charges following an investigation that began in July.


Jacob Richard Romes Chappell, 25, was arrested Oct. 10 on a total of 27 charges, including 15 counts of animal cruelty, 11 counts of fail to care for animals and one count of torture dog or cat causing death, according to a city press release.

Animal Control responded to a residence in the 5800 block of Mineral Spring Road for a welfare check on the dogs, the release stated.

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During the preliminary investigation in July, a deceased dog was found inside a pen next to the residence, along with a dog that was experiencing a heat-related health emergency and was barely able to stand, the release stated. There was no water or shelter in the pen, and the animal was seized and taken to a local veterinarian for emergency health.

The body of the deceased dog was sent for a necropsy to determine the cause of death.

Additional dogs in other pens at the residence had little to no shelter on concrete or dirt floors and limited access to water during extreme heat conditions, the release stated.

The dogs were seized and are in the custody of Suffolk Animal Care. They will be available for adoption once they return to full health.