The Madera County Animal Shelter found a small dog running loose with a collar deeply cutting its neck, shelter personnel said.
The dog was found near Pacific Drive off of Western Way and Road 28 1/2 in north Madera and was turned in to the shelter by a Good Samaritan.
The 2-year-old female dog is a brown Chihuahua mix that weighs about 20 pounds, is friendly and used to people. It has been named Missy by volunteers.
Kirsten Gross, director of the Madera County Animal Shelter, said the small, thin and helpless dog was in reproductive heat and had likely been tied a long time in attempts to contain her...