Several dogs that were found sick and malnourished in the back of a U-Haul trailer in Bay Point are up for adoption at the Contra Costa Animal Shelter.
Animal Services spokesman Steve Burdo said 19 dogs were confiscated from a transient couple on February 28. The animals had kept them in filthy crates where they fought over food.
Two had to be euthanized because they were so sick. Ten were sent to a partner organization in Nevada to be rehabilitated and adopted. Seven remain at the shelter while they recover from veterinary procedures or wait for adoption.
The dogs' former owners, Bomon Jeong and Linda Espinoza, were arrested and charged with animal cruelty.
Burdo said that with ongoing medical treatment and some patience during an adjustment period, the dogs will make good pets.
One of them a Lhasa apso mix named Wolfie, has already won friends among the staff and volunteers at the shelter in Martinez with his sweet demeanor and big brown eyes. Other dogs are still recovering from medical procedures and unsettled by the changes, but they’re accustomed to people and will soon be ready for new homes. Most are Lhasa apso mixes, with a couple Chihuahuas.
If the U-Haul dogs are already taken, the Contra Costa Animal Shelter has many other animals available for adoption.