Neglected SC dog outgrew his collar and it almost killed him

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Photo Credit: Carissa Valenti 

A stray dog is undergoing surgery at a South Carolina animal hospital Wednesday after the pup outgrew his collar, almost killing him. 

A concerned neighbor called Lancaster Animal Control after spotting the dog Tuesday on the south side of the city. The caller reportedly said they saw, "a dog with a cut on his neck." 

The Pit mix, who's 1 to 2-years-old, was brought to the Lancaster County Animal Shelter with a severely imbedded collar, in pain and suffering. 

Carissa Valenti, who works at the shelter, told FOX 46 Charlotte, the collar was embedded around the entire pup's neck. "He was covered in scabs and crust," Valenti said. "It had been there for a while." 

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The animal shelter has affectionately named the dog "Frank," which is short for "Frankenstein" due to the amount of stitches the pup needed to heal his neck. 

Frank is currently undergoing surgery at Carolina Place Animal Hospital in Richburg. From there, he will be brought back to the Lancaster County Animal Shelter where employees hope to get him into a rescue for the remainder of his care and recovery. Valenti said they're aiming towards a rescue facility before adoption because they screen future 'furever' homes, and conduct vet checks. 

Valenti said it's also been determined that Frank is heartworm positive, and will need treatment.

At this time it's unknown who had Frank before he was found wandering the streets of Lancaster alone. No one has come forward to claim the dog. 

Donations for Frank can be called into the Carolina Place Animal Hospital at 803-789-5047.