Injured dogs adopted


PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - They were burned with chemicals and dumped on the side of the road. Today, we have some good news about what's in store for two dogs, named Ida and Irma.

The injured animals were found wandering the streets in Prince George County. After their story was made public dozens of people came forward to adopt the dogs. Now, the pups have a new *leash* on life.

Not much is known about the pair. They're about 2 years of age and are recovering from severe chemical burns. Not a problem says Jessica Mattia.

"I went through the kennel and looked and I saw Ida and wondered what happened. She was so sweet, so I wanted her," she added.

Jessica is one of several people who expressed an interest in adopting the dogs.

"The color is what got me. She came up to the cage and started licking my hand," said Mattia.

Animal Control still has questions about who owned the dogs before and how the animals were injured.

"I've seen some pretty bad things and this is in the top 5 in terms of injury and severity. We're still investigating trying to find out what happened -- if it was accidental or intentional. We're not sure at this point," said Officer Alvin Jones.

The dogs were walking on Indian Road in the county when they were captured by animal control.

Two weeks later the animals are doing much better. They've been examined by a vet, they're on antibiotics and their wounds are healing.

"There skin was gone. We got a lot of sympathy notes for them -- got a lot of concern," said Jones.

Jessica says Ida, who she calls Shorty, is her new best bud. She'll be taking Shorty home within a week.

If you have any information that can help investigators find out more about the dogs call Prince George County Animal Control at 733-2796.

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