‘Lion dog’ to be adopted after owner breaks plea agreement

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Norfolk’s popular “lion dog” will soon be up for adoption after its owner was caught letting the animal run free.

Deputy City Attorney Cynthia Hall told media outlets in a statement that Charles the Monarch was seen on camera without a leash at various places hours after being released from a shelter.

The labradoodle’s owner, Daniel Painter, pleaded guilty April 15 to failing to give proper care to prevent an animal from becoming a public nuisance. Painter cut the dog’s hair to resemble a lion, the mascot of Old Dominion University.

Under the agreement, Charlie had to be on a leash at all times, except while on Old Dominion grounds.

Hall says Charlie is now property of the city.

Charles became famous in 2013 after people spotted him running near the zoo and thought a “baby lion” had escaped.


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