A Sterling woman who is facing charges in connection with the stabbing of a family member faces additional charges stemming from the deaths of two dogs who were also injured in the assault, according to the Loudoun County sheriff’s office.
The Loudoun County Department of Animal Services reported that Aleta J. James, 32, was charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty after authorities determined that the two family dogs died as a result of puncture wounds and trauma sustained to their chests during the assault Sunday morning.
The dogs were fatally wounded during an assault involving James and another family member at a home on North Fillmore Avenue in Sterling early Sunday, authorities said.
The animal cruelty charges carry a possible sentence of one to five years in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500, authorities said.
A woman involved in an assault that injured a family member and resulted in the deaths of two family dogs has been charged in the incident, according to the Loudoun County sheriff’s office.
Aleta J. James, 32, of Sterling was charged Monday after she was released from a local hospital, where she was recovering from injuries she sustained in the incident, authorities said.
The arrest followed the assault early Sunday at a home on North Fillmore Avenue in Sterling, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim, a 51-year-old woman, was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to authorities.
Two family dogs were also involved in the incident, authorities said, and both died.
Loudoun County Animal Control also responded to the scene, authorities said. James remains held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, according to the sheriff’s office. She faces charges of malicious wounding and abuse and neglect of a child, authorities said.