Dog remains found in animal cruelty case


RAVEN, Va. (WVVA) – Eric Rose was charged with animal cruelty on Monday after Virginia State Police say he violently abused his dog at his ex-girlfriend’s Cedar Bluff home. . She shared her account yesterday and now Rose says there’s more to the story than what’s seen in the video. He says he was just trying to cool the dog off on a hot day.

“I didn’t think it would be a problem getting him into the pool. I figured I’d just have to get him in there, then he backed off and finally bit me. When he bit me I tried to grab him just to get control so he wouldn’t bite me again because when he bit me it shredded the tip of my thumb. Like my whole right thumb finger, I have no feeling in it, everything is swollen now,” Rose said.

We asked Rose to verify the injury with a picture of her thumb. He said he would email the photo but we never received it. Rose claims this is the first time he’s been bitten by a dog, adding that what we see in the video is him defending himself from another bite. He says he was trying to restrain the dog, not hurt him.

“As soon as he bit me, the first thing that worried me was that he would bite me again. So I was just trying to wrap his body and hold his head so he calm down and be sure he doesn’t bite me again then his head came back on me and he came back on my hand and that’s when maybe if i can just because if you look the video, I didn’t even beat the dog hard,” Rose said.

Rose says he didn’t kill Charlie, the video dog. He says he took him to the street of his house and let Charlie run free. Down the street from Rose’s house on Friday night, his ex-girlfriend and police discovered Charlie’s probable remains, minutes after our phone interview with Rose ended.

State Police and the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department were at an active crime scene Friday. Near a wooded area, they found what is believed to be a dog carcass. We fear it might be Charlie based on our coverage of Thursday’s alleged abuse. It’s unclear how Charlie’s carcass arrived in this area, but state police and the sheriff’s department said it was most likely Charlie’s remains.

Police said they were sending the dog’s carcass for a necropsy to confirm it was Charlie. Shortly after discovering the dog, we called Rose for her reaction.

“I have no idea, I don’t know. This is news to me,” Rose said. Rose maintains that he did not kill Charlie. WVVA asked Rose if he had any idea how the dog got to where it was found Rose’s response was “No, not here. I mean, if anything, he should have been around there.”

Shortly after we ended our call with Rose, he showed up where the carcass was discovered and spoke with the police. He appears to collapse at the discovery and eventually leaves the scene, followed by state police.

It’s unclear at this time if Rose faces any additional charges. At this time we know that he has been charged with animal cruelty. We will continue to follow the evolution of the case.

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