A young Collie mix, named "Skippy", is recovering at Greenville County Animal Care after animal control officers found him tied up, with a chain literally "embedded" in his neck. Staff members say it's one of the worst cases of animal neglect they've seen in a long time. "We were all just horrified," says Susan Bufano with Animal Care. Veterinarian Dr. Susan Bradley cared for Skippy shortly after he arrived. "He came in with his tail tucked between his legs, and cowering down," she says. Bradley says the chain, estimated at about five pounds, had been around the dog's neck for so long, skin had grown around it. "It's just hard to imagine it wasn't noticed, until it got to this point," says Bradley.
Veterinarians had to surgical remove the metal links from Skippy's neck. He now has deep wounds where the metal grew into his skin. "It will take a while for him to heal," says Bradley.
Currently, Greenville County does not have a tethering ordinance that prevents owners from keeping dogs tied up for a long amount of time. According to council member Fred Payne, an ordinance was considered, but got recommended back to committees to review, and never passed. Payne believes such a law would be tough to enforce, and might not work. "Additional laws are not going to change people who abuse animals. We can't prevent cruelty to animals," he says.
Payne does believe better education might be the key. Staff members at Greenville County Animal Care agree. Bufano says Skippy is a sad example of what could happen to animals after being neglected. "If we had not found him any sooner, there could have been dire consequences, and it might have actually choked him enough that he didn't survive."
Skippy is now on daily antibiotics, and getting plenty of love and attention from staff members. Bufano says he'll be ready for adoption soon, and they'll likely take applications from families who are interested. "We want to make sure to find an extra special home for him."
If you are interested in adopting Skippy, please contact Greenville County Animal Care at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (864) 467-3986.