JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. — 30-year-old Kimberly Martin has been charged with animal cruelty in James City County by police.
Police said that owners of a 13-year-old Pekingese and poodle mix took their dog to the Groomz mobile grooming service where Martin was working when the incident allegedly happened.
After about a half an hour of being groomed, the dog allegedly had trouble breathing and its tongue turned purple. Police say this is when the owners took the dog to a vet, where it was determined that it had broken ribs, bruising, a hemorrhage in one eye and a swollen larynx.
Officials said the dog is still alive.
No further information was provided by James City County Police.
Martin is scheduled to appear in the JCC/Williamsburg General District Court on August 21 at 8:30 a.m. She is currently out on bail.