The owner of a dog has been cited for alleged animal cruelty after the dog’s collar had become embedded in its neck, a Leavenworth police official said.
The dog is being treated, and it’s being housed at the Leavenworth Animal Control Center, according to Lt. Sean Goecke.
He’s the lieutenant who oversees Animal Control for the Leavenworth Police Department.
Goecke said authorities became aware of the dog Monday. The animal had gotten loose in the area of 20th and Evergreen streets. A person who spotted the dog noticed blood on its neck. This person apparently is familiar with where the dog lives.
Goecke said it appears the dog’s collar had never been loosened as the animal grew, causing it to become embedded in the neck.
“It’s a pretty substantial wound,” Goecke said.
The dog was taken to a veterinarian to have the collar removed.
“It’s going to be OK,” Goecke said of the dog.
The lieutenant described the dog as a mixed breed adult male that’s about the size of a German shepherd.
With the animal cruelty case, authorities are alleging the animal’s owner wasn’t taking proper care of the dog.
Goecke said this type of wound is not common, and it likely would have taken a long time for it to have developed.
Despite the wound to the animal’s neck, Goecke said it appears the dog was being fed.
The animal cruelty case is being handled through Leavenworth Municipal Court.
Goecke said the dog will remain at Animal Control unless the judge orders it returned to the owner. He said in similar cases, the dogs often are not returned to their owners and Animal Control tries to find new homes for the animals.