Man found guilty of animal cruelty in death of dog in Va. Beach

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Michael Romba

UPDATE Nov. 13, 2019 — Michael Romba was sentenced to 5 years in prison with 3 years suspended. He was put on probation for indefinite supervision,.

He also may not own any pets, said Macie Allen, spokeswoman for the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A man has been convicted of animal cruelty in connection to the December death of a dog in Virginia Beach.

Animal control charged 35-year-old Michael L. Romba, a sailor based out of Naval Station Norfolk at the time, with felony animal cruelty after a dog was found dead at a home on Cassady Avenue.

It was determined the dog died from blunt force trauma.

Court records show Romba was found guilty of animal cruelty on Tuesday. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 13.

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