NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The owners of a puppy who died last year are suing a Newport News kennel where they say the dog was fatally injured.
Jason and Jessica Fox filed a $25,000 lawsuit against Rick Tvelia and his kennel Coastal Dog Services in Newport News General District Court.
The lawsuit comes nearly a year after their 10-month-old Australian Shepard Fenway was rushed from the kennel to an emergency veterinarian in Richmond with serious injuries.
Criminal charges were recently withdrawn against Tvelia in connection to the deaths of Fenway and another dog who died after suffering injuries at the facility, while several others were dropped.
Last year, Jason Fox told 10 On Your Side that he dropped Fenway off at the kennel on Aug. 25. The next day, he got a call that Coastal Dog Services had taken Fenway to the emergency vet because his collar had gotten stuck in a fence.
Jason Fox wasn’t aware of how severely Fenway was injured until later. Although Fenway went through several surgeries, he died about a week later.
Jason Fox declined to comment on the lawsuit; however, in a Tuesday Facebook post he wrote:
“So excited that we finally got a trial date in our civil trial for our beloved Fenway. We aren’t even close to being done yet, the fight continues.”
The case is slated to be heard on June 12.