- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A trial is being held on Virginia’s Eastern Shore involving accusations three people launched a mission to rescue a dog that was tethered to a tree in frigid conditions.

The incident occurred in January 2015 when the defendants said they took the dog out of fear it would die from a lack of water or food. They are charged with dog larceny.

The Virginian Pilot (http://bit.ly/1VNTVEj) reports that Virginia Beach resident Bettina Cuce Rodriguez is the first of the defendants to be tried. Each faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Rodriguez’s trial ended Friday. Accomack County Circuit Court Judge Revell Lewis III said he would defer a finding of guilt or innocence until Aug. 1.

The dog’s owner denies he abused the animal.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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