A wolf-dog hybrid taken to the Beaufort County animal shelter July 20 after his owner was charged with cruelty to animals is being rehabilitated, according to Sgt. Robin McIntosh of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
The 5-year-old male wolf mix called Shadow came to the shelter underweight and infected with worms but is expected to recover, McIntosh said. There are no plans to euthanize the animal, she added Tuesday.
Residents of Bluffton's Baywood neighborhood complained about the dog's treatment, alleging cramped, unsanitary living conditions.
The shelter's staff has contacted regional wolf-dog hybrid rescue organizations that might help Shadow get adopted, but that cannot happen until his owner's case is decided, McIntosh said. A hearing is set for mid-August, she added.
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An abused pit bull-mix puppy rescued in Ridgeland last month also is recovering and has been released from quarantine at Palmetto Animal League's adoption center in Okatie, PAL director Amy Campanini said.
Melvin was rescued by a neighbor who saw that the puppy had a gaping, infected wound on his back.
After surgery at Riverwalk Animal Hospital, the 6-month-old puppy has been recuperating at the league's adoption center. The staff also is helping to socialize the puppy, Campanini said.
"He's terrified of people," she said. "We just don't know if he's had any good experiences with people. But every day, he gets better. He wagged his tail a bit today."
Campanini said the shelter seeks a foster home or an owner who can give Melvin lots of extra attention until he has fully recovered. She said a home with other well-mannered, older dogs might make a good fit.
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