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Sterling resident pleads guilty to animal cruelty

A Sterling man pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty in a case heard in Loudoun General District Court.

Gary Rouse, 49, was charged after a cruelty search warrant was executed by the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services on Dec. 14.

Rouse’s dog, an adult female Dogue de Bordeaux, was seized from the home and was awarded to the custody of Animal Services at a seizure hearing Dec. 21.

Rouse was sentenced to perform 60 hours of community service and a suspended 180 day jail term.

Additionally, he was ordered to pay approximately $1,800 in fines and is prohibited from possessing or owning any animals for the next two years.

Animal Services can be reached seven days a week by calling 703-777-0406.

More information about the programs and services provided by the department can be found online at loudoun.gov/animals.


Where does it say he abandoned the dog? The article isn’t really clear on what happened.

there’s a special place in he11 for people like this…how could you just abandon the dog?!  Why not take it to a shelter or even leave it outside with a note where someone could find it and take care of it.  Wish there was a way to be sure he never owned another dog in his lifetime…he’s not good enough to do so.

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