Virginia officers searching for woman after dogs found living in their own feces

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Multiple dogs with bones showing through their skin were found in a home in Newport News, Virginia off 26th Street. Now animal control officers are looking for the woman responsible. 

Court documents say nine American Pit Bull Terriers were thirsty, hungry and found to be living in confined spaces in their own feces.

Officers say they had urine burns on their feet and yellow discharge in their eyes. 

Court paperwork describes the scene where the dogs dug through the trash for food and rushed to a bucket of water.

Police believe the woman responsible is 34-year-old Heather Hendrix.

Newport News City Communications Manager Kim Lee says officers are trying to serve her with a court summons and multiple charges are pending. 

The home where the dogs were found has since been condemned. 

The city took control of the dogs at a hearing last Thursday. Lee says they have to go through medical and behavioral evaluations before they can be cleared for adoption. 

However, this isn’t Hendrix’s first run in with the law.

WAVY found numerous animal convictions that span across three cities in Hampton Roads. Court paperwork shows similar police findings dating back to 2007 in Suffolk.

An affidavit describes dogs kept in feces and urine-drenched crates too small for them.

In 2013, Hendrix was found guilty of more inadequate care charges in Portsmouth. 

Then three years ago, she was hit with eight more in Chesapeake. 

Except this time, a Chesapeake animal control supervisor says a court order prohibited Hendrix from owning any more domestic animals. 

In each case, she paid fines, but didn’t serve jail time.

Officials won’t release what those pending charges are in Newport News at this time. 

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