Tuesday, March 22, 2016

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Charges Suspect in Animal Cruelty Case

The Sheriff’s Office has received several inquiries from concerned citizens regarding an ongoing animal cruelty investigation. The suspect, Divon James Chase, age 25, of Lexington Park, has been charged with Animal Cruelty. 

On March 14, 2016, Corporal E. O’Connor responded to the area of JD Court and Great Mills Road, for the report of a “subject beating a puppy.” According to witnesses, a small dog dashed across all lanes of Great Mills Road to an area near the Chesapeake Public Charter School. Several independent witnesses allege they observed Chase “sling the dog over his shoulder and slam the dog to the ground on its head.” Witnesses also advised Chase continued to punish the small dog by dragging and kicking. 

As Corporal O’ Connor continued her investigation she was able to identify the suspect. As a result of her investigation, she made an application for charges to the District Court Commissioner that same evening. 

Suspect Chase was officially charged during the evening hours of March 21 and is currently awaiting a hearing in the District Court. 

Animal Control was notified and will review the incident to determine if further action is required. 

Any other citizens who may have witnessed this incident are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 301-475-8008.

Divon James Chase