Navy sailor accused of animal cruelty to appear in court

Posted at 7:32 AM, Aug 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-26 09:58:03-04

UPDATE: Justesen's arraignment was continued to trial on October 11 at 10 a.m. in Newport News.

Today, the Navy sailor accused of stabbing a puppy to death is scheduled to appear in court.

24-year-old Joseph Justesen is charged with felony animal cruelty.

Newport News police say a 10-month-old golden retriever mix was found dead inside a home earlier this month.

According to the puppy's owner - Justesen is the roommate of a friend who had been watching the dog for her.

Police and Animal Control say it appeared the puppy had been stabbed several times.

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