A chain collar was found embedded in the neck of an abandoned and starving dog in an horrific case of animal neglect.

The animal was found by cops in a critical condition before being transferred to the local human society, reports the Daily Star.

Now named Jake, t he Newfoundland mix was found wandering the rural roads of Dunrobin, near the Canadian capital of Ottawa.

He was seen dragging a chain attached to a chain collar with a heavy infection setting in.

Dr. Shelley Hutchings, Chief Veterinarian at the Ottawa Humane Society, said: "The collar had cut into him and the skin had grown overtop, leaving two ends of chain dangling from each side of his neck.

"The area was heavily infected, and the hair coat around his neck was matted with discharge.”

Jake began to vomit shortly after arriving at the centre with emergency surgery required to remove the collar and clumps of tissue.

The dog may have been on the run for some time.

Jake is now recovering well

In a statement the humane society gave a happy ending to the story with Jake thought to be recovering well.

The statement read: "At this time, Jake's outlook appears to be positive.

"OHS clinic staff closely monitor his progress and recovery as he stays in the OHS Critical Care Unit."