A Kingston, North Carolina man was arrested for animal cruelty on Thursday; after police discovered a rope embedded in his dog’s neck so deeply, the animal required surgery to remove it.
Tommy Heath, 55, faces charges of felony animal cruelty in the case of a dog named Angel.
According to WnctNews, a concerned citizen called 911 to report an abused dog living in the area of the 300 block of East Blount Street last Friday.
When Kingston Police officers arrived; they found the dog with a rope embedded so tightly around her neck; her face became swollen to nearly twice its normal size appearing to look more like a guinea pig; than a dog.
Authorities tried to remove the rope at the scene but were unsuccessful.
The dog was transported to the Lenoir County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and then to the Five Oaks Animal Hospital for specialized care where she underwent more than three hours of emergency surgery. Angel has since been moved to a foster family where she is recovering.
Heath was booked into the Lenoir County Jail and a $5,000 bond, He has since bonded out.