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Posted on: December 4, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Hamilton Man Found Guilty of Cruelty to Animals

Donald Bieler, 25, of Hamilton, VA, was found guilty in Loudoun General District Court of cruelty to animals on November 28, 2012, for killing a pet duck. Bieler was sentenced to 120 days in jail with 60 days suspended in addition to payment of $250 in restitution to the Department of Animal Services.

The death of the duck was reported to Loudoun County Animal Services by the duck’s owner on September 22, 2012. Animal Services investigated the incident and a necropsy was performed on the deceased duck. It was determined that the duck sustained a broken neck inflicted by Bieler.

The Loudoun County Department of Animal Services is located at 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford, VA 20197. Animal Services can be reached seven days a week by calling 703-777-0406. More information about the department is available online at

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Media Contact: Amy Seymour, Department of Animal Services, 703-737-8097; [email protected]