CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Two people have been arrested for allegedly torturing and killing a pig that had been cared for briefly at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.
Jerelyn Sutter, 27, and Lee Oakes, Jr., 32, were both arrested on July 10 in connection with the incident. Sutter is a former employee of CASPCA. Both were charged with petty larceny, cruelty to animals, and maiming or killing of livestock. Maiming or killing of a livestock is a felony charge for both of them.
Since this is Oakes' third time being charged with petty larceny, that charge now becomes felony grand larceny.
The incident in question first began on July 3, when Albemarle County Police officers responded to the call of a pig on the loose. Officers corralled the pig, and brought it to the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.
"After a swift and thorough investigation, the management of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA immediately terminated two of the employees involved," said Glenn Rust, the Chairman of the Board of Directors for CASPCA. "Since the incident is currently under a criminal investigation, we are not able to make further comments at this time."
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Lee Oakes, Jr., as an employee for CASPCA. Oakes has never worked for CASPCA.