By Kathy Jefcoats
JONESBORO — Clayton County police are looking for the owner of a dog whose collar was so deeply embedded in her neck it had to be surgically removed, said officials.
Sgt. Kevin Hughes said Monday that Sunny endured two hours of surgery to remove the collar and is recovering.
Hughes said the man who brought the dog into Clayton County Animal Control told officials he'd had her for a week and did not know what to do with her. Police are looking for the owner, who could be charged with animal cruelty.
"There is an investigation into the person or persons which is responsible for the unforgivable crime against Sunny," he said.
Sunny's medical costs were picked up by Partners with Clayton County Animal Control, a non-profit organization funded through donations from private citizens. Partners pays for medical care of wounded animals.
"We value our relationship with Partners, that has been so diligent in getting help for abused and injured animals," said Hughes.
Hughes said animal abuse and cruelty won't be tolerated in Clayton County.
"The Clayton County Police Department continues to be proactive in the pursuit of people who indulge in the wrongful mistreatment of animals," he said. "We will continue to ensure equal justice across the board for all animals."
Information on how to support Partners with Clayton County Animal Control can be found on its Facebook page.
Anyone with information on the dog's owner should contact police.