Mercer County man pleads guilty to animal cruelty charges

Justin Mitchelson
Justin Mitchelson(Southern Regional Jail)
Published: Jan. 28, 2022 at 1:05 PM EST
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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - A Mercer County man pleaded guilty on Thursday to felony animal cruelty.

Justin Mitchelson, 33, was arrested in 2020 after beating a puppy to death close to Bluewell Elementary. Mitchelson told authorities that the dog was sick.

Mitchelson is still currently in jail, but he is expected to be given home confinement and during that time he is required to complete a drug treatment program.

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