VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Three people have been arrested for alleged animal cruelty after their two dogs were found roaming the streets and were, according to police, severely emaciated.
Virginia Beach police said a husky and a pit bull type dog were brought into the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center on Jan. 17 after a citizen found the dogs in the street.
An investigation for possible animal cruelty was opened due to the condition of the dogs. Officials located the owners, 23-year-old Jaquelin Omar Hernandez and 23-year-old Michael Gee Smith-Ingram.
A third suspect, 24-year-old Jerome Vincent Tucker, was later charged in the investigation with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
A petition for ownership was filed, and during a hearing on Jan. 26 the pit bull type dog was awarded to animal control. A hearing for the husky has been scheduled for Feb. 23.
Officials have not released further information due to the fact this is an ongoing investigation.