Authorities are searching for the owner of a Georgia dog they found Feb. 29 nearly decapitated by an illegal tether.
The dog’s tight tether nearly chopped off his head after cutting deeply into his neck, WSB-TV reports.
Officials are calling it one of the worst cases of animal abuse they’ve ever seen.
"He didn't have a lot of time left," said Stacey Worsham with Douglas County Animal Services said about the dog, Frank, a German shepherd mix. The dog had broken free and was found wandering by the animal services department.
"He needed to come straight to emergency surgery," Officer Ross Blackston with Douglas County Animal Services explained.
"When Frank came out just wagging his tail with this horrible wound and he just wanted to love us it made the decision easy that he needed to be saved," said Dr. Melissa Boemanns.
But while the decision was easy, the operation certainly was not.
"It took an hour just to clip and clean the wound," Boemanns added.
Luckily, she was able to reconstruct the dog’s neck, but the entire surgery took three hours. Now the dog needs round-the-clock care. The costs were also high. Doctors say the dog’s medical bills will amount to thousands.
"Every bit of money we're using to save Frank we're taking away from someone else," Worsham explained.
Tethering and leaving an animal is illegal in the Georgia county Frank is from. The owner -- if caught -- will face charges for it.
"Frank is a drastic case but the tethering -- it can do this to any other animal in just a day or two," Worsham explains. "It's incredibly frustrating because this person may already own another dog and may be tethering that dog out."
This is not the first case involving dog decapitation that has captured international attention.
In January, a 27-year-old man from England, Paul Jenkins, was charged with decapitating another man’s dog, the Echo reports.