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Dog found with embedded collar needs your help to heal

March 19, 2018

Rusty, a three-year-old shar-pei/Labrador cross found with a chain collar deeply embedded in his neck, needs your help to recover.

Rusty was brought to the BC SPCA’s East Kootenay Branch in Cranbrook on March 10, where he was rushed for surgery to remove the embedded chain, but his recovery will likely take another two months.

“The necrotic tissues from his neck has been removed and we are providing him with lots of love and attention but he will continue to need ongoing medical treatment as he heals,” says Christy King, manager of the East Kootenay SPCA. The cost of Rusty’s care is expected to cost $2,400.

“This poor boy has been through so much pain and suffering,” says King. “We want to him to have a bright, healthy future so that he can eventually be adopted into the loving home he deserves.”

If you can help Rusty and other animals in need at the BC SPCA’s East Kootenay Branch, you can donate online or in person at East Kootenay Branch, 3330 Hwy 3 & 95, Cranbrook.

A BC SPCA animal cruelty investigation into Rusty’s case continues.

BC SPCA identifies owner of dog found with embedded collar

Update: March 14, 2018

Thank you to everyone who helped to get the word out about the investigation into Rusty, the stray dog brought to the BC SPCA’s East Kootenay Branch on March 10 with a chain collar embedded in his neck.

The SPCA has now identified the owner of the dog and we are proceeding with the investigation. At this point in the investigation we cannot publicly identify the owner or share further details, but will send an update as soon as the case moves forward. The dog remains in the care of the SPCA and is not available for adoption at this time. Thank you again for all your help and support!

BC SPCA seeks public’s help in finding owner of dog found with embedded collar

Original story: March 13, 2018

Warning: this story contains graphic images

The BC SPCA is seeking the public’s help in identifying the owner of a dog found on a forest service road near Yahk, B.C., with a chain collar deeply embedded in his neck.

The three-year-old shar-pei/Labrador cross, named Rusty by SPCA staff, was brought to the BC SPCA’s East Kootenay Branch in Cranbrook on March 10 by Good Samaritans who found him on the Carrol Creek forest service road between Yahk and Creston.

“We immediately rushed Rusty for veterinary treatment,” says Christy King, manager of the East Kootenay SPCA. “He has had surgery to remove necrotic tissue from his neck and is doing well. We are hopeful he will make a full recovery.”

The BC SPCA has opened an investigation in the case and is asking anyone who may know the dog or his owners to please contact the BC SPCA animal cruelty hotline at 1-855-622-7722.