Two Virginia animal shelter volunteers charged with animal cruelty

U.S. & World

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WRIC) — There is outrage and confusion in Colonial Heights after two volunteers at an animal shelter were seen mistreating a dog while on a walk on May 12. 

“Why would you go through all that trouble and sign up to volunteer and walk a dog and the first thing you do is try to hurt the dog? You know you should be volunteering to give these dogs love because they need that,” Janet Castelow said. 

Castelow volunteers on Saturdays at the Colonial Heights Animal Shelter, and she spoke with 8News about her favorite furry friend: Spud. 

“I wish I could adopt him,” Castelow admits, “but he doesn’t get along with my daughter’s dog, so I just come down here and spend as much time with him as I can.”

After learning two shelter volunteers were arrested for abusing Spud, Castelow made a special trip to see him. 

“But I don’t know how anyone in their right mind could even do that to an animal, much less a shelter animal. They need more loving than any of them do,” Castelow said. 

Warrants show 18-year-old Kersten Pruitt and 19-year-old Kalob Powell face a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty. 

Last Saturday, the two teens volunteered to take Spud for a walk on a trail close to the shelter. Witnesses said they saw the pair hitting and pushing the dog. 

Castelow shared her outrage with 8News. 

“I think they’re heartless and have no soul. I don’t know what else to say.”

8News reached out to one of the teen’s attorneys, but haven’t heard back. 

In a positive twist, several people have expressed interest in adopting Spud, and one woman has even offered to pay his adoption fees if someone gives him a loving home. 

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