Friday, June 17, 2011

A Tempe couple found two dogs wandering an alley in Tempe with collars tightly fit around their neck that could become embedded into their skin.

Shannon Blizzard, Director of Operations for the Arizona Animal Welfare League and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said puppies can grow quickly, their collars can become tight for them and "if the collar is not loosened to keep pace with the dog's size, it can literally grow into the skin causing excruciating pain."

Each year, hundreds of neglected animals are investigated, many involved with embedded collars, Blizzard said. Owners should check pet's collars by slipping two or three fingers between the collar and pet's neck, but should not be too loose to slip off.

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