A Sterling woman who was charged Jan. 7 in connection with a domestic assault at her home has now been charged in connection with the death of two dogs.
Officials with the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services charged Aleta J. James, 32, with two counts of felony animal cruelty on Jan. 6. Animal Services conducted an investigation and determined that the dogs died from puncture wounds and trauma suffered to their chests.
The animal cruelty charges carry a possible sentence of one to five years in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
The dogs were fatally wounded during an assault involving James and another family member at a home on North Fillmore Avenue in Sterling early Jan. 6. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, which responded to the scene along with Loudoun County Animal Control, initially charged James with malicious wounding and abuse and neglect of a child.
James was hospitalized with injuries suffered during the incident. She was released from the hospital Jan. 7 and is being held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.
The other person stabbed in the incident, a 51-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
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