York teen charged with animal cruelty for painting puppy’s toenails

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(file photo)
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A 19-year-old York County man is facing charges of animal cruelty for allegedly painting a puppy’s toenails with nail polish.

Tyler Kline of Yorktown is scheduled for a hearing Monday in York General District Court on a Class 1 misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty as a result of the incident.

According to documents filed in the York General District Court, Kline painted the toenails of a puppy belonging to Michael Bush of York County.

“Without my consent,” Bush said in a sworn statement to police. “[Kline] put fingernail polish all over my puppy’s toenails and feet.”

Bush testified that Kline was intoxicated at the time of the incident, which took place at Bush’s home in May.

“Kline started laughing and hollering profanities,” Bush told police. “I asked him ‘what’s so damn funny?’ He said ‘shut up old man.’”

According to Virginia law, a Class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by up to 12 months in jail or a fine of up to $2,500, or both. Virginia law also permits the court to require any person convicted of animal cruelty to attend an anger management program or obtain psychiatric or psychological counseling.