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Man charged with dumping beagle with tumor in Va. Beach ditch

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Posted at 8:24 PM, May 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-30 20:27:12-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A Virginia Beach man is facing animal cruelty charges after police said he dumped his beagle in a ditch on the side of the road earlier this month.

Corey Alexander Ridley has been charged with one count of misdemeanor Animal Cruelty and one count of misdemeanor abandonment of an animal.

Police said because of multiple tips they were able to identify the dog’s owner and the person they believe in responsible for dumping the dog.

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The beagle was found inside a crate with a large left tumor on the side of her face on May 14.

“It’s always hard for us, and for any of our officers, to see an animal in a condition where they’re suffering or in pain,” Meghan Conti, a Virginia Beach Animal Control Supervisor, told WTVR sister station WTKR. “She most definitely was in pain.”

Animal Control officials said she is much healthier and happier after receiving surgery to remove the tumor.