ASPCA Arrests Owner of Dog with Severe Neck Wound

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 12:45pm

In late October, New York City corrections officer Justin Burton, 35, brought one-year-old Pit mix Tori to NYC Animal Care & Control. Staff immediately noticed that Tori’s collar was deeply embedded in his neck, leaving an excruciating wound. They called ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement right away.

Agents took Tori to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for evaluation and treatment. Our veterinarians found Tori to be in severe pain from the wound, which was estimated to be three weeks old and caused by an embedded collar. Tori was treated with pain medication and antibiotics, and he is continuing to recover at the hospital.

As for Burton, Agents arrested him on January 5. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Watch this blog for updates on Tori. He’s getting better every day, and when he’s fully recovered, he’ll be available for adoption!

Tori came to the ASPCA just over a month after Briana, another dog who suffered a painful wound caused by an embedded collar. Briana is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center.

If you suspect you’ve witnessed animal cruelty, please don’t wait—report it. It saves lives.