Suffolk man pleads not guilty to 27 charges related to animal cruelty

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Jacob Richard Romes Chappell MUG Suffolk Police

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Suffolk man facing several counts of animal cruelty will go on trial in January after pleading not guilty in court this week.

Jacob Richard Romes Chappell entered the plea Monday during an arraignment. Chappell, 25, was arrested earlier this month following a three-month investigation.

Suffolk police said a dog was found dead inside a pen after Animal Control responded to a home on Mineral Spring Road to perform a welfare check on dogs at that location. Another dog was said to be experiencing heat-related health problems and could barely stand.

More dogs were found in other pens near the home with little or no shelter and limited access to water.

Chappell was charged with 15 counts of animal cruelty, 11 counts of failure to care for animals and one count of torturing a dog or cat causing death. His trial is set for Jan. 10, 2019.

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