Man charged in case of dog found buried at the beach in February

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VIRGINIA BEACH — A local man is facing misdemeanor charges after a dog was found buried in a shallow grave in February, police said.

Michael Eric Whalen, 65, of the 200 block of 85th Street, was charged with animal cruelty and dumping trash. Both are misdemeanors and Whalen was released.

The dog was spotted around noon on Feb. 10 near the 8500 block of Ocean Front Avenue, police said.

Police said the dog appeared to be a tan adult female hound mix. The dog had an injury to its head.