FLORENCE (Tucson News Now) – Pinal County Animal Care & Control officers are hoping to find the owner of a dog found with a chain collar deeply embedded in its neck.
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Shelter workers say the mixed-breed cattle dog was dropped off between Friday night and Saturday morning after the shelter had closed. A shelter worker found the dog in an outside holding pen in pain, due to the collar.
A shelter supervisor worked on the dog to remove the metal collar. It was so tightly constricting the dog's neck that her skin was growing around the collar.
"This is really heartbreaking," said Animal Care & Control Director Kaye Dickson in a press release. "We don't know if this dog was lost and found by the person who dropped it off, or if the owner had kept the dog in this condition. Our officers are working on a few leads at this moment."
The dog has responded well to the treatment she received over the weekend. Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue picked her up on Monday morning so that it could be placed in a foster home for continued wound treatment.
She is not available for adoption at this time.
The shelter says metal collars and chains are very hard on animals because they get hot and can burn the animal's flesh.
Animal Care & Control is seeking tips from anyone who might know this dog's history or who its owners are. Please send tips by email to AnimalCare@pinalcountyaz.gov.