FLORENCE, AZ - Pinal County Animal Care & Control officers are investigating the abandonment of an injured dog dropped off at a shelter sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning.
According to a Pinal County report, the female mixed-breed cattle dog with a chain collar embedded in her neck was discovered Saturday morning in a holding pen outside a shelter in Florence.
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After being notified of the dog's trauma, the shelter's supervisor, who is also an Emergency Animal Medical Technician, arrived to remove the metal collar from the dog's neck.
Although the dog responded well to the treatment, she will be placed in a foster home until her wounds heal, and she is ready for adoption.
Officers are working to determine who dropped the dog off and whether or not the owner kept the dog in this condition. Animal Care & Control are asking anyone who might be familiar with this dog and its owner(s) to email AnimalCare@pinalcountyaz.gov or call 520-509-3555.
According to the report, collars made from woven nylon, cloth or leather are better alternatives to metal collars and chains that can burn the animal's flesh due to Arizona's hot sun.
"This case really highlights the need for owners to check the condition of the collars around their pet's neck," said Animal Care & Control Director Kaye Dickson in the report.
To check if your pet's collar is too lose or too tight, Dickson advises that you should be able to fit two or three fingers underneath the collar.