Dog severely hurt by chain collar in Youngstown

The dog's collar was so tight, it was embedded in its neck

Police are looking for a suspect in a Youngstown dog abuse case.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The search is on for a person who neglected a dog in Youngstown.

The shepherd mix was found alone on Ravenwood Avenue with no chip and no dog tags. The animal was dragging an 8-foot chain which was connected to a chain collar that was dug into her neck.

“Her embedded collar was one of the worst we’ve seen,” said Mary Louk, board president of Animal Charity. “The chain had been so tight, and had grown into her neck so much, our vet had to go into the muscle to take it out.”

The vet also estimates that it took months of the chain being very tight, with no loosening, for it to grow in like that. However, the dog was not skinny. Someone was feeding her.

“So we believe she had been chained in the yard, and we would like to find where she came from,” Louk said. “Obviously our concern would be that there are other dogs on this property that need help.”

The dog was named ‘Spring’ by Animal Charity workers. She needs extensive antibiotics and vet treatment to get to the point where she’s adoptable.

The dog had no identifying mark, and no known owner, unless someone steps forward and provides information about where this animal had been living.

“They can be charged with animal cruelty,” Louk said. “We would need an investigation first, but from the condition that she’s in, we believe that cruelty charged would be warranted.”

The dog’s neck injuries mean she will probably not be able to wear a traditional collar again and will likely be on a body harness for a long time, if not the rest of her life.

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