Officials search for owners of abused dog

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

FLORENCE, Ariz. -- Pinal County Animal Care & Control officers are trying to find the owner of a dog dropped off over the weekend with a chain collar embedded in her neck.

The mixed-breed cattle dog was left at their location between Friday night and Saturday morning while the shelter was closed.

The shelter's supervisor was able to remove the collar, which was constricting the dog's neck so tightly that her skin was growing around the collar.

"This is really heartbreaking," said Pinal County Animal Care & Control Director Kaye Dickson. "We don't know if this dog was lost and found by the person who dropped it off, or if the owner had kept the dog in this condition. Our officers are working on a few leads at this moment."

The dog is continuing to recover in a foster home, and is not available for adoption right now.

Pinal County Animal Care & Control is seeking tips from anyone who might know this dog's history or who the owners are. You can send tips by email to animalcare@pinalcountyaz.gov.