Poodle on the Mend after Severely Embedded Collar is Surgically Removed from his Neck

February 21, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 21, 2013 – A 4-year-old gray and white poodle named “Coco” is available for adoption at the MSPCA-Angell in Jamaica Plain, Mass. after veterinarians at Angell Animal Medical Center surgically removed a “severely embedded” collar from his neck.  The case is being described as one of the worse embedded collars the MSPCA has ever seen.

The organization’s Law Enforcement department has launched an investigation to determine whether animal cruelty charges can be leveled against the dog’s previous owner. 

“A Foul Odor from Inside the Kennel”

Coco was surrendered to the MSPCA adoption center on Jan. 25 by a woman from Everett who claimed she found the dog in her yard.  Through the door of the crate in which he was contained, staffers saw a dog so severely matted that he could not even lift his head, with a 6-foot long red wire wrapped around his entire body.

 Coco's neck is healing well and adoption center staffers are working hard to find the perfect home after all he has been through (credit: MSPCA-Angell)


Said adoption center manager Alyssa Muro, “I was shocked by Coco’s condition upon his surrender and I immediately brought him to the Emergency & Critical Care Unit at Angell where he could be tended to by veterinarians.”

Veterinarians at Angell used wire cutters to remove the paralyzing wire.  “There’s no telling how long the wire had been wrapped around Coco’s body—it may have been on him for months,” said Dr. Danielle Thomas, an emergency veterinarian who tended to Coco.  “Underneath and around the wire was his collar and tags--both embedded in the skin so deeply that they were wrapped around the bones of his neck.”

Dr. Thomas surgically removed the collar and tags, and Coco recovered for several days before he was moved to his own cage at the adoption center.   

Coco is now available for adoption and staffers are looking for a home without children and with poodle-specific experience.   Readers interested in adopting him can email adoption@mspca.org for more information and to arrange a time to visit.

Meanwhile, the investigation into just what happened to Coco continues.  Said MSPCA Law Enforcement Officer Martha Parkhurst, “We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing and we’ll have more to say once we evaluate all of the evidence in the case.”




The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.