Vir­ginia still hold­ing wanted man from C’dale

Dog dies af­ter be­ing aban­doned by the sus­pect


A Car­bon­dale man wanted by For­est City po­lice on al­le­ga­tions he at­tacked and threat­ened a woman in Van­dling, threw her cats from a sec­ond­story win­dow and aban­doned her dog out­side, re­mains in Vir­ginia await­ing a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing on a litany of charges there.

A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing for Christo­pher Sko­rets, 19, 122 Arch­bald St., is sched­uled for March 7, ac­cord­ing to the Vir­ginia Beach com­mon­wealth at­tor­ney’s of­fice. Po­lice there ar­rested Sko­rets in Oc­to­ber on charges of forcible sodomy, ab­duc­tion, as­sault of a fam­ily mem­ber, un­law­ful wound­ing and other counts. The prose­cu­tor’s of­fice de­clined to pro­vide fur­ther de­tails on the cir­cum­stances of his ar­rest. Sko­rets is held at the Vir­ginia Beach jail with­out bail.

Prior to that, For­est City po­lice had been look­ing for Sko­rets on charges rang­ing from an­i­mal cru­elty to ag­gra­vated as­sault stem­ming from sev­eral in­ci­dents in Van­dling. Me­gan Dal­rym­ple told po­lice Sko­rets punched her in the face and threat­ened her, her chil­dren and her pets on Sept. 10, then kicked her and went af­ter her with a knife and screw­driver on Sept. 15, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. Dur­ing a third in­ci­dent on Sept. 20, Dal­rym­ple told of­fi­cers Sko­rets beat her with a belt, stabbed her with a screw­driver and bit her, po­lice said.

Dur­ing another Septem­ber in­ci­dent, Sko­rets is ac­cused of throw­ing seven cats from the sec­ond floor win­dow of a Main Street home af­ter he took Dal­rym­ple’s dog for a walk and let the an­i­mal loose, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

The dog was miss­ing for sev­eral days be­fore some­one found her lay­ing on a Van­dling street. The brown bea­gle mix was taken to True Friends An­i­mal Wel­fare Cen­ter in Bridge­wa­ter Twp., where staff thought she wouldn’t make it, said Dory Brown­ing, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­to­rof the­cen­ter.

The dog, named Margo by

the staff, was clearly the vic­tim of long term ne­glect. She was se­verely mal­nour­ished and de­hy­drated. Her nails were long and un­kempt and she had sev­eral mam­mary tu­mors. Fleas in­fested her fur.

In­stead, Margo, who was es­ti­mated to be be­tween 13 and 14 years old, fought for her life. She went to live with Gino Setta and Sara Al­will in Ararat Twp. The cou­ple have fos­tered sev­eral dogs in the past and have four of their own, Setta said. When Margo ar­rived, she was still greatly un­der­weight and sick. They had to spoon feed her, Setta said.

Margo at first seemed shocked and wary, but once she re­al­ized they were try­ing to help her, she warmed up, Setta said. She loved be­ing pet­ted, spend­ing time on the couch with people and the com­pany of the other dogs, set ta said.

“She be­came such a love­bug,” Setta said. “We fell in love with her so fast.”

Un­for­tu­nately though, years of ne­glect tilted the road to re­cov­ery against Margo, Setta said. While she was start­ing to put on weight, the tu­mors wors­ened and ane­mia caused from long-term flea in­fes­ta­tion took a toll, Setta said.

A few weeks ago, on the ad­vice of vet­eri­nar­i­ans, they put Margo to sleep. While the de­ci­sion was tough on the fam­ily, they’ll never for­get Margo and the time spent with her, Setta said.

“The amount of time they had her, she re­ceived a life­time of love,” Brown­ing said.

“She had a few weeks of happy dog life,” Setta said. “She loved be­ing a mem­ber of the fam­ily.”

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