MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY, Pa.-- Baby Girl is a young and playful pit bull mix. She was a bit shy when we met her on Tuesday, but she quickly became friendly.
"Just a wonderful dog," York County S.P.C.A. Executive Director Melissa Smith said. "She's super happy now, and she doesn't seem to be wildly uncomfortable."
Surprising, considering Baby Girl has more than 50 staples in her neck. She underwent surgery last month.
"The collar was completely embedded in her neck all the way around," she said. "The collar was removed, then the sever flesh wound was surgically repaired."
The collar became embedded because it no longer fit and the skin started to grow around it.
"Once the collar was removed the flesh wound that remained was really horrific," Smith said.
The humane officer found Baby Girl and another dog on Overlook Drive in Goldsboro. The other dog did not have any injuries.
The officer was sent because of a call of dogs running loose. She found Baby Girl had broke free from here cable because it was dangling from her collar.
"Certainly if let go any long, it could have been life threatening, but fortunately it was not," Smith said.
She says animal cruelty charges should be filed this week. Two people could be facing those charges.
"I think there is no denying that there was neglect occurring in this situation," Smith said.
She added that there are 10 municipalities in York County who have tethering ordinances, which prohibit 24/7 of keeping a dog tethered. Goldsboro is not one of those areas, according to Smith.
Baby Girl is expected to make a full recovery. She will be still recovering for another couple weeks before being put up for adoption.