In true fashion I've found myself hung up and analyzing a recent article I browsed last week online. On Friday, October 26 the ASPCA reported to their blog that on Tuesday, October 23 they had arrested a Queens woman over neglect. By woman, they're referring to 18 year old Crystal Lashley who allegedly neglected a six year old German Shepherd mix. The dog, named Briana was tied up so long outside that her collar became embedded. Over time, if a collar is too tight around a dog's neck their skin will slowly begin to grow over and around it. Once the skin reattaches itself on the surface of the collar facing away from the dog, your end result will be a collar embedded in the skin of the animal. Cutting the skin open and removing the collar is the only method for appropriate healing. When Crystal signed over the animal on August 21 she was signing to the responsibility of whatever condition Briana was found to be in, which was confirmed as an embedded collar, underweight, infested with fleas and dehydrated. Crystal was charged with a single count of misdemeanor cruelty, and will face a possible year in jail and/or $1,000 in fines if convicted.
|Embedded Collar (in this case rope)|
|The wound of a embedded collar removal|
I by no means am expressing everyone in the house be charged the same as Crystal, but I do believe she is not the only one to blame. In my lens justice has not been completely served for Briana and her permanent wound around her neck. When I was 18 I was a full time student and part time worker, luckily I had a sensible enough parent to help care for my dog, who in reality was viewed as the family dog even though he technically belonged to me.