Life on the streets is tough for any dog. It can be much worse than simply fending for yourself, scrounging for food and a safe place to lie down. The cards can really be stacked against you. Such was the case with Rodriguez, a gentle boy with a severely embedded collar living among other injured dogs in a high crime area of North City. He, like so many other dogs, was the victim of improper tethering and neglect. In fact, the rescue team was responding to another embedded collar call when they came across Rodriguez. Stray Rescue has lead the fight to pass city ordinances designed to protect dogs from the type of pain that Rodriguez was forced to endure. Despite a law already in place that prohibits collars from being restrictive or made of chain, situations like Rodriguez’s are a familiar sight at Stray Rescue.
Not only is it cruel, it is illegal to continuously tether a companion animal, denying it the human interaction that it needs and craves. It can potentially have life threatening consequences as well. Dogs like Rodriguez are helpless, imprisoned, and desperately awaiting help before their suffering becomes the least of their problems and the severity of their wounds takes over. The collar was successfully removed, but due to the risk of infection spreading he was transferred to VSS. Rodriguez is now back at the Stray Rescue clinic, stable, and regaining his health thanks to our vet team. Watch the removal of Rodriguez's collar in the video below.