Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office recently responded to a call about a dog chained to a tree in an empty lot. When Officer Michael Harrington brought the puppy into Saint Frances Animal Center, a noticeable injury was under her collar. Officer Harrington cut the chain before placing the puppy in a run.

When Intake Manager, Ashely Gray, pulled the puppy, now named Misty Blue, out of the run, she was horrified. “There was an overwhelming odor associated with infection emanating from underneath her neck. What we saw when we lifted her head will haunt me for quite some time”.

Ms. Gray theorized that the collar was placed on Misty Blue when she was a small puppy and it was never adjusted to accommodate her as she grew. The collar had become embedded in Misty Blue’s neck so deeply that it resulted in a horrific gash over an inch deep and five inches long. In consultation with Dr. Rachel O’Sullivan, the wound was clipped, cleaned and treated and Misty Blue was started on oral antibiotics.

According to Executive Director, Niki Dawson, Misty Blue underwent surgery at SFAC to repair her injury and will be cared for until she is stable enough to go be transferred to a rescue partner where she will complete her recovery.

“Saint Frances Animal Center will be launching a county-wide program to help families unchain their dogs. With the help of our generous donors, SFAC will provide fencing, dog houses and non-tipping water bowls to families who do not have the financial resource to provide adequate housing for their dogs,” said Dawson. “We are excited to partner with local and county law enforcement agencies to identify families in need.”

“I am honored to partner with the caring professionals at Saint Frances. We will continue in our efforts to serve the needs of our furry community,” said Sheriff Carter Weaver.

To make a donation to help dogs like Misty Blue, please visit www.sfanimals.org.