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Case ID: 18973
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Monday, Dec 12, 2011

Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 2 files available

Alleged: Name Undisclosed

Animal cruelty charges are expected against the Nanaimo owner of a dog whose collar was imbedded so deeply in its neck it looked like "uncooked steak."

Investigators believe the owner failed to adjust the collar on the growing dog's neck after fitting it on the animal as a puppy.

The seven-month-old German shepherd mixed-breed dog with a deeply gashed neck was seized by a Nanaimo animal control officer responding to a complaint at a central Nanaimo home on Monday.

The Nanaimo SPCA is now investigating. The owner's name has not been released pending the outcome of the investigation, which could take another week.

Crown prosecutors will decide on charges.

Photographs taken of the dog when it was seized show a bloody gash running about five centimetres deep and 15 centimetres long at the back of the neck.

Smaller lacerations went around the animal's entire neck and it took 23 stitches to close up the wound. The dog was also undernourished. The SPCA is investigating allegations the dog had been tied up and neglected in a backyard.

"With the collar of a puppy you should be checking them weekly," said Leon Davis, Nanaimo SPCA shelter manager.

The knotted collar had to be cut from the dog's neck.

"It's more like a cord," said veterinarian Ken Langelier. "Fortunately, it's not very common. In this case it's also quite severe." In spite of her injuries, the dog wagged her tail happily when she was brought in.

"That dog is so forgiving. She would have every right to be vicious," Langelier said.

"It had been in chronic pain for months, but it's a very loving dog. It always makes me a little bit ashamed to be of the human species."

The dog, which has been renamed Wilma, is recovering at Island Veterinary Hospital. The SPCA hopes to have Wilma ready for adoption before Christmas.

If you would like to adopt Wilma or help with her medical bill, donations can be made at or by calling the Nanaimo and District Branch at 250-758-8444.


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