The Portage County APL has rescued a dog that had nearly a foot of chain from a choke collar embedded in the skin of her neck.
A neighbor reported seeing the dog running around with the chain but told the APL she was unable to get the dog to come to her because it was so frightened and in pain.
APL humane officers and the Portage County Dog Warden worked together to locate and capture the dog before the weather turned colder and put the animal at more risk.
Vets estimate the dog-- a border collie/shepherd mix --to be only 18 months to 2-years old. The dog has been named Noel.
"We have no idea where she came from or how long she was like that, but injuries that severe don't happen overnight. We imagine she had been suffering and scared for some time." says Executive Director, Chalan Lowry.
The APL will continue help restore Noel to full health. The agency says when the dog is healed and able to trust people again she will be made available for adoption.
The APLis a non-profit agency that relies on private donations to help make rescues of dogs like Noel possible.