LEXINGTON, N.C. — A dog found along a North Carolina road with a chain collar embedded into his neck is recovering from an infection a veterinarian surgically removed the collar.

Authorities tell The Dispatch in Lexington that someone found the 1-year-old hound mix dragging the chain and dropped him off at a vet’s office Tuesday.

Paula Barkley of the Davidson County Animal Alliance says the dog is being treated for an infection caused by the embedded chain. Alliance staffers named the dog Figaro, a type of chain.

She says the chain likely had been around the dog’s neck since he was a puppy.

Figaro will need another surgery, after which Barkley says the dog will go to a foster home.

Davidson County Sheriff David Grice says investigators have little information as they search for the dog’s owner.

Information from: The Dispatch, http://www.the-dispatch.com

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