Detroit dog found with metal hook ‘literally in his skin,’ dragging 15-lb tow chain

A dog rescue in Detroit is asking questions Wednesday after a young puppy was discovered suffering — like “something you watch out of a horror movie” — with a large carabiner hook “literally in his skin.”

Courage, a 3-year-old German Shepherd-Rottweiler mix described as “the sweetest dog you will ever meet, ” was detected Monday afternoon by city animal control with a carabiner — a hooking used by mountain climbers — penetrated underneath his chin toward the lower part of his neck, with a 15 -pound tow chain attached.


“He was suffering in the cold, basically chained down with a metal pierce in his neck, ” Detroit Dog Rescue( DDR) executive director Kristina Rinaldi told The Detroit News.

Courage was discovered “suffering in the cold, basically chained down with a metal piercing in his neck.” ( Detroit Dog Rescue)

The pup, who suffered “the worst pain imaginable, ” was soon transferred from Detroit Animal Care and Control to the DDR, which helped him undergo three-hour emergency surgery at a nearby hospital to have the piercing object removed.

Authorities, according to Fox 2 Detroit, believe the hook was likely embedded in Courage’s neck for weeks.

“This isn’t something we ordinarily consider on the street — only carelessness for life, ” Kristina Rinaldi, executive director of DDR, told The Detroit News. “It’s horrific.”

Courage, who underwent surgery to remove the hooking just after being rescued, also tested positive for heartworms. ( Detroit Dog Rescue)

Courage was scheduled to undergo his second surgery Wednesday night “to repair a gaping would on the back of his neck.” His meanders, Dr. Judi Fleischaker told the Detroit Free Press, were initially dirty and infected when he arrived to the animal hospital Monday, but are now appearing “really good.”

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