A 77-year-old woman from Indianapolis, Ind., has been arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty after her dog died following the removal of a deeply embedded collar.
According to Friday's Fox 59 News, Christine Benjamin is charged with torture and killing of a vertebrate animal and animal neglect, after her dog, "Cocaine," was discovered with a collar embedded three inches into his neck.
The dog, later named "Nick," by Every Dog Counts Rescue, had the collar surgically removed, but died from sepsis following the procedure.
According to WTHR News, the Labrador retriever mix, who had been chained in Benjamin's yard, was discovered by a good Samaritan who then alerted Animal Care and Control.
An Animal Care and Control employee described the neglected dog's condition as one of the worst he had ever seen. The collar which had been left on Nick was so deep in his flesh that he was nearly beheaded and his tracheal ring was visible.
Nick's rescue organization commended animal control and area prosecutors for their help in this case, stating:
We are so grateful to Indianapolis Animal Care & Control and the Marion County Prosecutor's Office. From the very start, they took Nick's abuse very seriously, even visiting him at the hospital before he died.
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