Man Charged with Animal Cruelty


On Friday, May 27 around 5:30 p.m. a male dropped off a mixed Pitbull breed female dog at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter (FCAS). The dog, “Zili,” was approximately 11 months old and extremely emaciated. She was transported to an emergency veterinarian and received medical treatment.

On June 1, Zili passed away due to her condition. A necropsy was completed by the state animal health laboratory and determined that she died from emaciation, dehydration, and bacterial necrotizing enterocolitis.

After a thorough investigation was conducted by Animal Control Officers, a warrant was issued charging Eryk Misrain Cruz, 19, of Alexandria, with misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals. On June 16, Cruz was arrested and transported to the Adult Detention Center.

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