Pets Attacked in Fluvanna Neighborhood

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

October 26, 2005

There is new information tonight in a string of bizarre incidents involving animal cruelty in Fluvanna County. So far all of the crimes seem to be happening in the same subdivision, and what is the most scary is that now Fluvanna County officials think the suspect could be living in the same neighborhood. This has pet owners terrified.

Sandra Ceballo lives in the same neighborhood in the Troy area of Fluvanna where over the past two months nearly a dozen pets have turned up dead or missing.

"Shocked is putting it mildly, I'm kind of outraged, and scared," said Ceballo.

Just two weeks ago someone broke into this house and brutally killed their five cats. Days later, a different neighbor?s dog was reported beaten.

"It was graphic enough for [it to] reach the level of a felonious act without any question," said Sheriff Ryant Washington of the Fluvanna County Sheriffs Office.

That has Ceballo and her daughter keeping their two dogs on a tight leash.

"Most of the time I try to keep my dog in the house now, I used to let her go out for hours on end," said Gabriela Ceballo.

"I can't leave my dogs unattended anymore, I'm too afraid I'm going to wake up in the morning and find out the same nightmare is happening to us," said Sandra Ceballo.

Fluvanna County officials say similar cases in the past have been linked to teenagers. They think these crimes might be the work of someone in the same neighborhood.

"Were speaking to many of the neighbors and individual residents who live in that particular area or neighborhood," said Washington.

In the meantime, Ceballo says she's living in fear of what could happen next.

"I'm wondering if it's even going to go even further than this, it's frightening, it's an upsetting situation to live with," she said,

Officials are still searching for a motive. Right now, they think these crimes are random and are not a part of a ritual.

Animal cruelty is a felony that carries an average five year sentence.

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