Rescuers in Ocean Shores, Wash., are grieving over the loss of a sickly, neglected dog who they only knew for a short time, reported Tuesday's publication of KBKW News.
The three-year-old dog, dubbed "Adonis," by rescuers with North Beach PAWS, died on Monday afternoon.
Adonis was found on Saturday afternoon near the Ocean Shores Marina; his body was raw with oozing sores from fleas and an untreated yeast infection, his paws were swollen and his face was covered in bloody scabs.
Though Adonis was rushed to an emergency veterinarian, the toll of long-term neglect proved too much for his body to continue to fight.
Amazingly, the people who owned Adonis are not, as of this time, facing any charges for the dog's obvious neglect.
Deputy Police Chief Russ Fitts with Ocean Shore Police Department told the publication that the owners had been dealing with medical issues with the dog for year, adding:
while it is unfortunate to see, the situation did not appear to fit the criteria for neglect."
Equally shocking, the owners of Adonis initially hoped to press charges against the very people who were trying to save his life. The following information was shared on the Justice for Adonis Facebook page:
The "owners" of this animal, as well as Off. Henderson of the Ocean Shores Police Department came to the shelter this morning. The "owners" alleged someone had stolen him out of their back yard and wanted to press charges against North Beach PAWS. Due to an archaic set of laws depicting animals as property, the right of owners to their property supersedes the rights of the animal.
By law, we were required to return this piece of property to the "owner". We were able to convince the "owner" to relinquish the animal to NB PAWS where he would have a chance to get well as well as not press charges against the shelter.
He is only three years old and prior to going to live with the people who did this to him, he was reportedly abused by his previous captors. These laws need to change. Had he not been found, he would have been dead within days. No charges will be filed against the people who did this.
Individuals hoping to see this dog's owners face charges for allowing him to fall to such a sad state of health, which ultimately resulted in his untimely death, can email the police department with their concerns.
Please keep all correspondence polite and respectful.
Mike Styner, Chief of Police: firstname.lastname@example.org
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