Ace would have preferred the ace of hearts, but he was dealt the ace of heartworms. A six-year-old Hound mix, Ace was surrendered to the Duplin County Animal Shelter in North Carolina on August 4th. Along with Ace, four other Hounds were also surrendered. Ace was the father of the four, all of whom were three years old. The owner could no longer afford to care for them. Ace tested heartworm positive and, as an owner surrender, was immediately at-risk at this rural shelter.