On Saturday, the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS), reached out to the public for help in identifying the owner of a badly neglected dog who was brought in by a "good Samaritan."
According to Monday's KREM News, it turns out that the good Samaritan was actually the neglectful owner's neighbor.
The dog, a young husky mix, who had a collar so deeply embedded in his neck that he suffered severe flesh wounds, belonged to Richard Lafountain of Deer Park, Wash.
Lafountain told SCRAPS that he had placed the, then puppy, on a chain in his yard, and forgot about him, telling the shelter staff that after "several weeks" of no contact with the puppy, he finally went outside to care for him and discovered that the chain was buried in the dog's neck.
Lafountain went to a neighbor for advice and that individual advised him to seek veterinary care for the dog.
Lafountain claimed to lack the funds for the dog's care, so the story was concocted about finding the dog as a stray alongside the road.
Right now, SCRAPS is determining whether or not they will press animal cruelty charges against the dog's owner.
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