Demand Justice for Dog Found with Metal Collar Embedded in Neck

Target: Jennifer Gore, President of the British Columbia SPCA

Goal: Demand justice for dog found with a metal collar embedded in his neck.

A seriously injured dog was found wandering on a service road in the interior of British Columbia in early March. The dog was determined to be a one-year-old shar-pei-Labrador cross and was turned into the care of the East Kootenay branch of the British Columbia (BC) SPCA, who named the dog “Rusty.”

The hikers who brought Rusty in reported that he was found walking along the Carol Creek forest service road between Yahk and Creston. Rusty needed immediate treatment as soon as he was turned in as a result of injuries caused by a metal chain that was wrapped so tightly around his neck that it was embedded in his flesh.

Christy King, the branch manager of the East Kootenay BC SPCA said of Rusty: “He’s doing well. He had his surgery [to remove necrotic tissue from his neck] and is recovering in our clinic right now.” Staff is expecting Rusty to make a full recovery. Regarding Rusty’s future, King said: “He’s shown some aggression, so we’re waiting for him to heal and then we’ll assess his behavior and see if he’s able to be put up for adoption.”

In similar cases of dog’s being chained, collared, or tethered too tightly, owners have received charges of animal cruelty. Rusty’s owner has since been identified by the BC SPCA. Sign this petition to urge Jennifer Gore, President of the BC SPCA, to seek legal justice for Rusty.


Dear Ms. Gore,

All pets deserve loving and caring owners. Unfortunately, a dog recently found wandering a service road by hikers showed no signs of having an owner that cared for his well-being. The dog, named “Rusty” by the members of the East Kootenay branch of the British Columbia SPCA where the dog was turned in, suffered injuries as a result of a metal chain that was tied so tightly around his neck that it was embedded in his skin. Rusty had to undergo surgery in order to remove necrotic flesh from around the wounds. Luckily, Rusty was found in time for these procedures to take place and he is expected to make a full recovery, thanks to the care from the East Kootenay staff.

In past cases where dogs have been collared or tethered too tightly, owners have been charged with animal cruelty. This case, being the same, should also end in justice for Rusty. I urge you to press animal cruelty charges against Rusty’s former owner.


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One Comment

  1. Donna Wilson says:

    No dogs should ware a metal collar. Any collar need to come off let the neck gets some air.

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