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Abused dogs now up for adoption

Abused dogs now up for adoption. (Photo: KUTV)
Abused dogs now up for adoption. (Photo: KUTV)
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(KUTV) Three dogs rescued from an abandoned home in Woods Cross are now ready for adoption.

Davis County Animal Care & Control and Woods Cross Police rescued Zeus, Optimus, and Lucky from inside an abandoned home in late November. Authorities say their former owners, Shaleesa and Cody Lucero, locked them inside without food or water after they were evicted.

A member of the Woods Cross Police Department adopted Zeus Friday, minutes after he was put up for adoption.

"As a department, we're just all one big family. So we were ecstatic that one of our employees was able to adopt one of the dogs from this situation so that we know that they're going to end up in a good home," said Officer Jen Hicks, who knows Zeus’ new family.

The three year old German Shepherd gained 20 pounds since he was brought to the shelter. A pit bull named Optimus gained 15 pounds. Lucky, a seven year old retriever, was in the worst condition. He gained 30 pounds, about two-thirds his total body weight, over the last three weeks.

"This was a sad case, how it started out. And it's just really turned into a great, heartwarming story tor all of us," said Hicks.

Optimus will be ready for adoption after he is neutered this week. Lucky is ready for adoption now.

"Both of them can go to happy homes. Someone who wants to care for them and love for them," said Davis County Animal Care & Control officer, Jamie Stell.

Stell was the one who went to the Woods Cross home to rescue the animals in November.

"It's heartwarming to know that I was able to help them get out of a bad situation and get them healthy again so that they can get into new homes."

She encouraged people who want to be responsible pet owners to adopt from shelters.

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"They're almost thankful, it seems, when you get them from a shelter."

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