CAPE CORAL, Fla. — The Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a dog with a rope embedded in its neck.
A local rescue learned about the situation and reached out to Lee County Domestic Animal Services. LCDAS then notified the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Animal Cruelty Task Force assumed the investigation.
Detectives responded to a home on Andalusia Boulevard in Cape Coral and located Robert Callahan, 40.
Callahan did not have a proper collar for his dog, Charlie, so he used a rope to tether him in the backyard. The rope caused a severe, gaping wound to the entire width of Charlie’s neck.
Charlie was taken to a local animal hospital, where he received surgery to close the large wound on his neck.
The animal hospital said Charlie was flea-ridden and extremely emaciated.
The veterinarian stated the injuries were consistent with being kept on a rope outside for an extended period of time with no care.
Charlie is currently in recovery.
Callahan was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.