‘Charles the Monarch’ dog reunited with owner

Posted at 11:20 AM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 23:27:16-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Daniel Painter has reached a plea agreement after his locally famous dog, 'Charles the Monarch' went into animal control custody in March.

"We wanted to get the dog out today and if we to wait for a hearing, that would have delayed it," Painter's attorney Bobby Howlett said.

The dog was picked up by animal control after being seen roaming around Colley Avenue.  Painter was charged with nuisance animal misdemeanor.

"I  think Daniel`s a good dog owner and  I  know a lot of people complain about him. But Charles is a well behaved, well-mannered dog. There`s not a vicious bone in his body," Howlett.

During the hearing in Norfolk General Court Friday, Painter agreed to keep the dog on a leash when not on his property and build a fence.

The judge suspended a 60-day jail sentence and $2,500 fine.

The dog has been in the city's Animal Protection and Adoption Center since being picked up.

The pair was reunited Monday after Painter's court appearance.

"It feels great to have him back," Painter said.

Right after leaving the shelter, Painter took Charles to get his favorite meatballs.

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