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Emergency surgery at Ottawa Humane Society saves emaciated dog with collar embedded in neck

The humane society says the outlook for Jake appears positive, but he still needs extensive care.

The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) says a Newfoundland-mix, that has since been named Jake, is on a positive path after arriving at its facility emaciated and with a collar embedded in his neck.

Bylaw officers delivered the dog, in critical condition, to the Ottawa Humane Society, late on Sunday, January 10. He was found wandering the rural roads of Dunrobin, dragging a chain attached to a chain collar.

"It was unimaginable," says Dr. Shelley Hutchings, OHS Chief Veterinarian. "The collar had cut into him and the skin had grown overtop, leaving two ends of chain dangling from each side of his neck. The area was heavily infected, and the hair coat around his neck was matted with discharge."

Shortly after arriving at the shelter, the OHS says Jake began vomiting and it was clear that the team needed to act fast. Dr. Hutchings performed an emergency surgery to remove the collar.

Given Jake’s emaciation, the state of the wound, corn found in his stomach and a serious hook worm infestation, the OHS believes it's possible that he had been on the run for quite some time. The OHS has reported the case for investigation into possible abuse or neglect with the province.

For those who would like to help cover the cost of Jake’s extensive care, a donation can be made at

OHS clinic staff continue to closely monitor his progress and recovery, as he stays in the OHS Critical Care Unit.


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