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Dog with collar embedded in neck brought to St. Louis for second chance

Posted July 28

— A disturbing case of animal abuse brought a dog to the St. Louis region.

He's named Champion.

He was found chained underneath an abandoned home in Southeast Missouri with no food or water.

The back of his neck has a gash from where his collar was embedded and one of his legs will likely have to be amputated, but his spirit is unbreakable.

"Just look at his face," said Missouri K9 Friends President Mandy Ryan.

Missouri K9 Friends is a statewide rescue and non-profit that is based in Chesterfield. Ryan said they saw a Facebook post about Champion and knew they could help even with his leg.

"Right now you see when he runs it makes him trip and fall, and it looks like an old injury that's just been not taken care of correctly," said Ryan.

The volunteers in the Missouri Bootheel said the owner of the dog gave up his rights to them.

Champion was then brought to St. Louis Thursday morning by volunteers. He was then treated at the Veterinary Group of Chesterfield.

For now, he's staying at a foster home and he will meet with a specialist in August who will decide if the leg needs to be amputated.

He likely won't be available for adoption for some time until he heals after his surgery, but if you're interested in adopting him they have started taking applications.

You can apply on the Missouri K9 Friends website.

They also are looking for more foster dog homes. You'll need to fill out an application and go through an at-home visit.

Missouri K9 Friends started out as the organization Missouri Bully Alliance which fights to stop and repeal breed specific legislation across the state.

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