Norfolk man charged with felony animal cruelty in small dog’s death


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach Animal Control has arrested a Norfolk man for killing a small dog.

Officers say Craig Cadore, 23, has been charged with felony animal cruelty.

“That is what we are here for, to be the voice for the animals,” said Virginia Beach Animal Control Supervisor Meghan Conti.

Officers say they can’t understand why anybody would hurt a dog.

“We ask ourselves all the time what could cause a person to do something of this nature, but sometimes there is just not an answer,” Conti added.

Officers tell 10 On Your Side the crime happened August 2. They say Cadore was dogsitting a Yorkie at his girlfriend’s Virginia Beach condo.

She got home from work and the dog wasn’t breathing.  They rushed the Yorkie to Blue Pearl Veterinarian in Chesapeake.

“The vet attempted CPR, but could not revive the dog,” Conti said.

Vets called Animal Control, because something just wasn’t adding up. Officers spent the last few months investigating and a necropsy determined the dog died from blunt force trauma to the head.

“We are unsure exactly what happened, but we may never know what ultimately happened to the dog,” Conti added. 

Cadore is out on bond.  His next court date will be for a preliminary hearing December 21.

“Our job isn’t really to figure out what or what type of person does this,” Conti said.  “We are here solely to provide accountability for his actions.”

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