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Tri-Cities Animal Shelter Finds Owner of Abandoned Dying Dog Left at Shelter

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An animal cruelty investigation is now complete that's trying to bring justice to the case of a dog left to die outside the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter. An animal cruelty investigation is now complete that's trying to bring justice to the case of a dog left to die outside the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter.
PASCO, WA - An animal cruelty investigation is now complete that's trying to bring justice to the case of a dog left to die outside the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter.

Animal control officers say the owner fessed up to leaving the dog tied up at the shelter overnight. Now animal control wants to press charges.

The dog, Haley, was found by the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter tied up outside to a fence one morning in April.

A vet checked her out and found she was filled with fluid and had to be put down.

"They made no attempts other than the day that they tied her up to try to seek help, if that's what they were trying to do. I doubt it. They did it at 10 o'clock at night on a cold, cold night," said Angela Zilar, Tri-Cities Animal Control Director.


The dog was tied to the fence right next to a sign that clearly says it's "unlawful" to abandon a dog there.

Animal control received tips about the owners and after questioning them officers say the owners knew the dog was sick.  

"They knew she had a condition that was very difficult for her. They knew she could barely walk. They knew that she was having difficulty breathing. They knew this dog was in danger," Zilar said.

Animal control estimates the dog was in that condition for three weeks before being left at the shelter.

Animal control will now submit their finished investigation to the prosecutor and request charges for abandonment and animal cruelty.

"They did it so to avoid being questioned. Well that's not an honest person. That's a dishonest person. I don't know how the public can even think that they didn't know what else to do. I disagree," Zilar said.

The animal shelter says it's sadly not uncommon for dogs to be left outside the shelter, but this case is one of four where the dog was dying.

The shelter offers a 24-hour line you can call to leave an animal at the shelter and calls can be left anonymously. The Tri-Cities Animal Shelter number is (509) 545-3740.

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