Vinton man charged with animal cruelty after dog is found dead: “not likely of natural causes”

Gary Thompson

Gary Thompson

From Vinton Police: Vinton, VA – On April 25, 2016 at 4:28 PM, officers of the Vinton Police Department were called to a private residence located in the 600 block of South Maple Street, in reference to a “wellbeing check.” Family members reported having difficulty contacting the resident of the home, Mr. Gary Edward Thompson, age 45, and were concerned for his health and safety. Through their interaction with Mr. Thompson, at his home, Vinton officers discovered a deceased German Sheppard on the front lawn of the home. An examination of the dog at the scene indicated the dog did not likely die of natural causes. On April 26, 2016 the body of the animal was transported to the Lynchburg Regional Animal Health Laboratory for a necropsy examination so as to confirm the manner and cause of death. Mr. Thompson was subsequently arrested and charged with violation of 3.2-6570 (F) of the Code of Virginia and transported by officers of the Vinton Police Department to the Roanoke County–Salem Jail.

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