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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 March, 2005, 16:04 GMT 17:04 UK
Charity blasts dog owner cruelty
Chain around Joe's neck
Skin and fur had started growing over the chain
A dog who was found tied up in Leeds with a metal chain embedded in his neck was the victim of "callous" cruelty, an animal welfare charity has said.

Joe, a three-year-old collie cross, had been abandoned in woods in Headingley.

The chain used to tie him up had become embedded with skin and fur growing over the collar - but he is now making a recovery after surgery to remove it.

Amanda Sands, manager of Dogs Trust in Adel, said: "I can't believe that someone can be so callous."

Severe pain

Joe was discovered in such a terrible state that staff initially thought he might have to be put down.

But after undergoing an operation he is now recovering well and waiting to be re-homed.

Ms Sands added: "Joe had obviously been in pain for a very long time until he was found.

"Injuries of this nature do not happen overnight - it would take months."

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