DUNROBIN — An emaciated and badly injured dog was found by Ottawa bylaw officer Sunday (Jan. 10) evening and brought to the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS).

An x-ray of Jake's injuries.
An x-ray of the chain collar embedded in Jake’s neck when he was admitted to the OHS’ critical care unit. Courtesy the OHS

“In the late hours of Sunday, Jan. 10, bylaw officers delivered an emaciated dog in critical condition to the OHS,” the society released in a statement today (Jan. 21). “Found wandering the rural roads of Dunrobin, the Newfoundland mix, who the OHS has named Jake, was dragging a chain attached to a chain collar embedded in his neck.”

“It was unimaginable,” OHS chief veterinarian Dr. Shelley Hutchings said. “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, Jake began vomiting and it was clear the team needed to act fast. 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, it is possible that he had been on the run for quite some time. The OHS 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: ottawahumane.ca/jake

“At this time, Jake’s outlook appears to be positive,” the OHS said. “OHS clinic staff closely monitor his progress and recovery as he stays in the OHS critical care unit.”