3 arrested for alleged animal cruelty

23-year-old Michael Gee Smith-Ingram and 23-year-old Jaquelin Omar Hernandez. (photo courtesy: Virginia Beach PD)

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.

Jerome Tucker (photo provided by city of Virginia Beach).
Jerome Tucker (photo provided by city of Virginia Beach).

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.

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