Two Stafford residents face felony animal cruelty charges after a cleaning crew found a dead dog in a hotel room.

The incident happened April 8 at the Affordable Suites of America at 44 Woodstock Lane after hotel staff found the 3-year-old Feist mixed-breed dog dead in a crate, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies collected the dog and he was sent for a necropsy.

Deputies identified the dog’s owners as Ashanta Lyle, 20, and Khalil Lyle, 26. Based on the investigation, both Lyles were charged with one count of felony animal cruelty, the sheriff's office said.

They were both arrested on May 12 and the magistrate released them on an unsecured bond.


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Paul Benedict

Why do these people have a dog in the first place? And why are they living in a motel? I assume they are not visiting the area since they were described as Stafford residents.

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