Dog recovering after he was found hanging by his neck, Humane Society officials say

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. — A dog is recovering at an Arkansas animal shelter after officials said he was found in a backyard hanging by his neck.

Those with the Humane Society of the Delta in Helena-West Helena say it’s a miracle Big Bear the dog is alive.

“I have dogs that people have done some horrible things to, you couldn’t even imagine,” director of the humane society Reta Merritt said.

Merritt said she was called out to Porter Street Monday after a neighbor said the dog looked different and was acting aggressively.

“When I went around the corner to see the dog, my heart just sank,” she said. “I was like ‘Oh, my God, it’s in distress. I need to get it out now.’”

Merritt said a cable was cutting into the dog’s neck, causing it to swell. She immediately rushed him to the vet.

“We were told he may or may not make it,” she said. “Depending on if the swelling continues or if it goes the other way.”

FOX13 talked to Big Bear’s owner Johnny Tose. He said it was an accident.

Tose said the dog was chained outside and got tangled around a tree over the weekend.

“He was chasing a dog, got caught up in the tree, jumped on the fence, and got all wrapped up and choked himself,” Tose said.

Tose said he got the dog loose. A few days later, he said the humane society picked Big Bear up.

“I felt bad. I got him out, gave him some water, and fed him,” he said. “I was trying to take him somewhere, and then the people came. I just gave him to them.”

The shelter said Big Bear will be up for adoption once he heals.

The Helena-West Helena police chief said no charges have been filed, but they are looking into the incident.