Miracle survivor: Embedded collar so painful in dog’s neck

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It was on Friday morning that a one-year-old Border Collie was spotted running along a rural South Carolina street dripping in her own blood, softly howling in pain and desperately seeking someone to help her. Fortunately a Good Samaritan spotted the suffering dog and brought her to the nearest shelter.

Calling this the “worst embedded collar we have ever seen,” Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped forward to help the dog now dubbed Josie.

“Josie is the victim of horrific abuse,” posted Jackie O’Sullivan, the organization’s co-founder, on the rescue’s Facebook. “The rings of the double choke chain were there for such an extended period of time, they had grown inside of her neck.”

Jackie’s heartbreaking description of what their partner veterinarian found about the dog’s suffering brought tears to her eyes.

“The chain had solidified into the neck with Josie’s skin and bone fusing together. It’s a miracle her carotid artery was not severed. It’s a miracle she’s alive,” continued Jackie.

Josie is listed in critical condition, and it is not known if she will survive, however she is receiving the best veterinary care possible. It is tragic to report that this dog’s condition did not happen over night, in a week or even in a month; in addition to her embedded collar – emaciated, weighing only 20 pounds and covered in fleas. Josie’s condition is the near end result of long term abuse and neglect by depraved human beings.

Please help Rescue Dogs Rock NYC help Josie. Your generous donations are what gives dogs just like Josie and so many others, a chance to have a loving future. Donate here, Paypal donate@rescuedogsrocknyc or mail RDR NYC, PO Box 101, NY, NY 10028.

Updates on Josie to follow when they become available.


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  1. Cruel maggots like this should be executed forthwith. When the hell are our so-called lawmakers gonna take their collective thumbs out of their assess & enact laws to HELP VICTIMS GET JUSTICE????? What is it going to take to get you paragons of selfish, ego-driven stupidity to do something for victims?????The truth is – all most lawmakers care about is getting re-elected. No you lawmakers say??? Then prove it & do something for someone other than yourself!!!!! I personally, have a ZERO tolerance for crime AND for those lawyers & judges who seek slaps on the wrist for criminals.


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