Man Facing Charges after Dogs Allegedly Attacked Criglersville Teen
MADISON COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -
UPDATE 7/31/14: Martin Martino's court appearance scheduled for July 31 was continued. He is now scheduled to appear in Madison County General District Court for a preliminary hearing on September 25 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, the man police say owns six dogs that allegedly mauled a Criglersville teenager in Madison County is facing six felony charges. Martin Martino is accused of owning vicious dogs, reckless ownership, and causing serious injury.
The charges stem from when his dogs allegedly attacked a 16-year-old girl while she was swimming on July 14.
Martino has a kennel in Criglersville with dozens of Chesapeake Bay retrievers that borders the Robinson River. Neighbors say his property doesn't have fencing on the river side, and that's how the dogs got out.
At least four of those dogs allegedly attacked a 16-year-old girl who was swimming, biting her dozens of times. According to police, she is still recovering from those injuries - which include 3-inch gashes on her arms and legs.
Police say they have had several calls about Martino's dogs from concerned neighbors over the past five years.
Martino is currently out on bond. He is scheduled to appear in Madison County General District court on Thursday, July 31.
Madison County Sheriff’s Office Press Release
On July 22, 2014, Martin C. Martino was charged with 6 Felony’s; Code Section 3.2-6540.1
Each charge is described as: Short Offense Description: (not a legal definition): Vicious Dogs, Owner Reckless, cause serious injury.
These charges were issued as a result of a continuing dog bite investigation that occurred on July 14, 2014 in Madison County.
Martino was taken before a Magistrate and released on an unsecured bond.
His court appearance is set for July 31 in the Madison County General District Court.
This is an on-going investigation and if anyone has any information on this case please contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 540-948-5161.
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