The dogs, now named Gracie and Maria, were placed in foster care Friday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Two Chihuahuas found covered with glue in January have been sent to live in a foster home.
The small dogs, recently renamed Maria and Gracie, left Metro Animal Control Friday afternoon.
When they arrived at the shelter on January 29, they were covered with blue plumber's glue.
"We aren't really sure how it happened, but 80% of their bodies were covered in the glue," said Metro Animal Control spokesperson Rebecca Morris.
The landlord of an abandoned home on 10th Avenue North found them that way.
Investigators say the dogs had been painted all over with the glue, which had hardened, and they'd been left for dead.
"We really didn't know what to do. Our vet contacted the company that manufactured the glue and spoke with them. What they explained to us is that all of the treatments are to remove a tiny bit off someone's hand, obviously not to remove a large portion off an animal's body. The majority of the techniques were going to be toxic to the dogs," Morris explained.
It took several weeks for the glue to come off. The majority of the glue was removed by the dogs and the vet helped clip some off as needed.
Metro Animal Control has worked with its partner, Crossroads Pets, to place the two dogs in a foster home.
"They'll go to a safe, comfortable environment where they will re-acclimate to house living where they will get lots of love and some positive reinforcement," said Delores Carter with Crossroads Pets.
It will be at least six to eight weeks before the agency begins looking for a permanent home for the dogs. They want to keep them together as a pair.
Investigators have said since the beginning that they believe it's possible that juveniles committed the crime.
No one has been caught yet.
Those responsible could face a charge of aggravated animal cruelty, which is a felony.