- Courtesy of SCRAPS
- A Spokane, Wash., veterinarian had to surgically remove a pronged collar from this dog, rescued by SCRAPS. The dog's owner has been charged with animal cruelty.
Pronged dog collars are common in the United States, with tens of thousands of prong or "pinch" collars sold at retailers and pet specialty shops each year.
Still, a Spokane, Wash., man is facing the possibility of a year behind bars and a $5,000 fine after a veterinarian had to surgically remove a pronged collar from his dog's neck.
KHQ-TV reports the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, aka SCRAPS, said the dog had been kept on the property of Miguel Lazcano-Mellado, 45, for three to four months. When the shepherd mix escaped from his Lazcano-Mellado's backyard, he put a pronged collar on the animal.
Now, the pet owner is facing a charge of second-degree animal cruelty, which in Washington carries a possible maximum jail sentence of 365 days.
Meanwhile, in Idaho, a much-debated and highly-revised measure to strengthen the Gem State's animal cruelty law passed through the Idaho House and Senate this month.
Idaho's current animal cruelty law exempts production agriculture and makes a third conviction for animal cruelty a felony. House Bill 524 makes a second conviction a felony and a first offense into a felony if the alleged offender has been convicted of causing bodily injury to another person within the previous 10 years.
The measure is awaiting a signature from Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to become law.