Animal control officers are investigating after two small dogs were found covered with blue plumber's glue and left for dead in Nashville.
The female Chihuahuas were found Wednesday by the landlord of an abandoned home on 10th Avenue North.
The dogs had been painted all over with the glue, which eventually hardened and left the animals helpless.
Dottie Dively, the staff veterinarian at Metro Animal Control, said it could be weeks before all the glue comes off.
"We have been successful in shaving some of it," Dively said. "We may have to shave some more under sedation."
Divey added since being found, the dogs have been named Sapphire and Opal.
"It fits, because they truly are gems and they will be beautiful again," she said.
Cruelty investigator Billy Biggs wasn't shy in expressing how badly he'd like to catch those responsible.
"You go from being sad to being mad," said Biggs. "There's no reason to do this to an animal."
Investigators say it's possible it was juveniles who committed the crime.
Those responsible could face a charge of aggravated animal cruelty, which is a felony.
It will be at least four to six weeks before the dogs will be available for adoption.
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