Abused dog found in Lac Du Flambeau is recovering Submitted: 12/19/2013
Story By Kalia Baker

EAGLE RIVER - The Vilas County Humane Society director says the dog's injuries were severe.

The injuries could have been avoided by a inexpensive collar around the dog's neck. Instead, the dog suffered his injuries from an makeshift collar that became embedded in his skin.

Jennifer Primich is the director of the Vilas County Humane Society. She says it was the worst abuse she's seen in 16 years.

"In this case it was somebody's homemade collar possibly. Not sure the reasoning, but there was duct tape, electrical tape and either a rope or gauze like substance that was all embedded in his neck," said Jennifer Primich, the humane society director. "That's been like for that quite a while because the infection, this puss, the skin growing through and trying to heal, it was pretty deep."

The dog was treated at the Eagle River Animal Hospital for his injuries. Veterinarians has to sedate the dog to repair the gash that left three inches of his skin bare.

The humane society says people should think carefully before adopting an animal.

"Please think about it, it's a lifetime commitment. You have to remember all [this animal] has is you. You're responsible for it, for life," said Primich. "If you cannot take care of it, nobody frowns upon you if your lifestyle changes or anything, but don't get them for selfish reasons to make yourself feel better. They rely on you. They have nothing else in this life and they didn't get to choose their owner."

The Vilas County Humane Society says it's still looking for a name for the ten month old puppy.

You can visit their Facebook page to make a name suggestion.

No word yet if this will be an animal cruelty case.

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