UPDATE: The Irish wolf hound mix that North Beach PAWS had named Adonis for their brief time with him passed away Monday afternoon. "Romeo" was brought in to their shelter Saturday in such poor health that he was given only a 50% chance to live.
Deputy Police Chief Russ Fitts with Ocean Shore PD tells us his owners "told investigators that they have been dealing with expensive, medical issues with the dog for years," adding that "while it is unfortunate to see, the situation did not appear to fit the criteria for neglect." The case remains under investigation.
North Beach PAWS reports an influx of donations toward his care will help to cover the vet bills.
OCEAN SHORES, Wash. - North Beach PAWS operator Molly High tells us a malnourished Irish wolf hound mix was apparently found near the Ocean Shores Marina Saturday afternoon, infested with fleas, and yeast infections. High said his face is covered in scabs. "His eyes are infected, and he's miserable. His paws are swollen about twice the size of what they should be." High said just walking makes him bleed.
On Sunday High talked with Ocean Shores Police and the owner, at that time they wanted to file charges against the shelter, and whoever had dropped him off. Molly said they talked the owner into relinquishing the dog to their care, and not filing charges. Police also declined charges against the owner.