Abused dogs ready for adoption

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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) – For the first time we're getting a look at the surviving dogs involved in an animal cruelty case. A jury found Petersburg fire captain, Jeffrey Ivey, guilty of four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty earlier this week.

In January, officers found eight dogs abandoned at Ivey's Chesterfield home. Four were dead, four others, barely alive.

By looking at them today it's hard to tell what the four surviving beagles have been through. Prosecutors say the dogs did not have adequate food, shelter, and access to medical care while in the custody of Ivey. He was found guilty of animal cruelty -- the beagles were taken to the Chesterfield Animal Shelter.

"They've gained considerable weight. They've had vaccinations. They've been dewormed," said Rob Leinberger, assistant supervisor at Chesterfield County Animal Control.

Six months after the dogs were placed in the shelter - we're getting our first look at them. There are three females and one male.

"Their health has improved considerably. One is a little shy but that can be overcome with attention and care. She's made remarkable improvements while being here and the rest of them are quite friendly," said Leinberger.

All of the dogs are between the ages of one and five. The Chesterfield Animal Shelter won't be home to the dogs for much longer - within a week the beagles will be transferred.

Two of the pooches will be housed at the Richmond Animal League. The other two will be placed in a foster care home.

"We heard about the case and we're interested in the animals well being and made it clear to Chesterfield Animal Control that we'd be more than willing to take them when they were ready," said Amy McCracken, Spokeswoman for RAL.

If you're interested in taking one of the beagles home, officers with animal control say, be prepared to be patient and committed.

Jeff Ivey was fined $10,000 for misdemeanor animal cruelty. He remains a captain with the Petersburg Fire Department.

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