To the Winchester, Virginia, General District Court for convicting Michael and Virginia Poling on 11 counts of animal cruelty.
On May 18, former Winchester, VA, residents Michael and Virginia Poling were convicted of 11 counts of animal cruelty for starving female pit bulls Jazzy and Baby as well as Baby’s six puppies. Through a plea agreement, Michael was found guilty of three charges of animal cruelty and must serve 100 hours of community service. He was also sentenced to three years in jail with all time suspended.
Virginia was found guilty of eight counts of animal cruelty and was sentenced to eight years in jail with all but two months suspended. Judge Whitacre denied Virginia’s request of work release while serving jail time. Both Michael and Virginia must pay $1,800 in restitution to the Winchester SPCA and were sentenced to five years of probation, during which time they will not be allowed to own any pets.
In October 2010, the Winchester Police Department visited the home of Michael and Virginia Poling after receiving a tip that dogs living in their backyard were emaciated and living in filth. The dogs were later taken to the Winchester SPCA where all but Baby found homes. Baby is still under foster care and waiting for her forever home. If you are interested in adopting Baby, contact the Winchester SPCA at 540-662-8616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special thank-you goes out to the Honorable David Shaw Whitacre and City Assistant Common
wealth’s Attorney Mike Mullin for making sure these dogs received justice.
Take Action: Write letters thanking the Honorable David Shaw Whitacre and City Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Mullin for their hard work with this case.
The Honorable David Shaw Whitacre
City of Winchester General District Court
5 North Kent Street
Winchester, VA 22601
City Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Mullin
City Joint Judicial Center
5 North Kent St.
Winchester, VA. 22601