Two abused dogs are now happy and healthy thanks to the help of Maricopa County inmates. The women cared for the canines over the past few months after they were removed from their owner's home.
In August deputies found the Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs, Bazzele and Frank, living in poor conditions. The animals had been deprived of food and water for so long they were emaciated. Surviving only on scraps of bread and small portions of dog food over a period of several weeks, Bazzele weighed 48 pounds and Frank weighed 57.5 pounds. The animals were in extremely poor condition, according to a veterinarian.
After being transferred into the hands of the inmates at the MASH unit, the two dogs began a quick recovery. Bazzele now weighs 71 pounds and Frank weighs 73 pounds. They are now ready for adoption at the sheriff's animal shelter.
“They're still a little timid but before, they just looked horrible,” Samantha Gort explained. “They didn't have any energy. They were lethargic and tired and now they like to play and they like to sit in your lap and get loved, scratched."
The dogs’ owner, 34-year-old Jonathan Eder, was charged with two counts of animal cruelty/neglect and one count of possession of dangerous drugs.