The student was purposefully eluding rescuers, who were tipped off about the "dog" living with him. However, Rex was no ordinary dog - he was a high content wolf dog, meaning that he is more wolf than dog and is physically very similar to a full wolf.
"He was neglecting the animal by keeping him in a confined, cramped crate," Di Sieno said. "The dog was only 42 pounds when his normal weight should have been 90 pounds."
Di Sieno also described him as "starving." She asked the owner's roommates to tell the owner he needed to hand over the animal.