OKLAHOMA CITY -- A metro animal rescue is called after a dog is found with a life threatening injury to its neck. The animal was found in the parking lot by a manager at a metro pet store.
The Yorkshire terrier was first seen hiding under a car at the Petsmart near Penn and Memorial in North Oklahoma City.
Veterinarian Dustin Brown, with the Animal Medical Center in Midwest City, said, "She was completely matted and really dirty."
Dr. Brown said, "Once we got through all of that and started cleaning up the wound we found a little black rubber band around her neck."
The dog's skin had grown over part of the rubber band.
Dr. Brown said, "It was starting to fall apart. It had been in there so long it was starting to degrade."
Dr. Brown was able to cut out the rubber band, leaving a large open wound.
He said, "The tissue has to heal from the inside out. If we were to close it up right now it would abscess out and we'd have to go and clean it all out again."
Dr. Brown says if the rubberband had not been removed it could have eventually severed an artery in the dog's neck, killing her.
He said, "It's kind of sickening to think things like this happen."
Fortunately, she was found just in time. Thanks to The Bella Foundation she is getting the care she needs.
Christy Delano, with The Bella Foundation, said, "I think she's going to heal really nicely."
The pup, who is for now being called Pumpkin, will have another procedure Friday to close the large wound. From there she'll begin the process of finding a new home.
Delano said, "I don't think she's going to have a problem because we already have people who say they want her."
In the meantime, this little pup is racking up quite a medical bill. The Bella Foundation is able to helps dogs like Pumpkin thanks to donations. If you would like to donate you can do so by going to http://www.gofundme.com/yorkie