Local dog lovers raising awareness of “torture chains”

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DENVER -- A coalition of animal advocates is speaking out against what they consider to be a form of animal abuse: so-called “torture collars.”

The collars are illegal in some local Colorado municipalities.

"A lot of animals have been coming in to us with these kinds of collars on," said Kathie J., a Denver radio personality and volunteer at Hobocare Boxer Rescue.

“Cosmo,” a boxer puppy, was rescued after being found tethered with a tow chain and lock around his neck.

"We had to use a bolt cutter to get that lock off. For some reason, people are using these (chains) thinking that it's going to toughen up their dog," said Kathie J.

"It's pretty sickening when you consider it literally weighed almost as much as he did,” said Carrie Corcoran, Cosmo's adoptive owner, “At the time he was so underweight that the chain was really weighing him down."

"We see close to ten thousand animals that come through here every single year,” said Jennifer Strickland of the Foothills Animal Shelter, “And unfortunately we see this too often with collar issues…sometimes they've grown into the actual neck of the dog."

"People put these on and then they leave them, and the dog grows and they choke to death," said Kathie J.

The group is trying to alert the public to watch for dogs like Cosmo who may be tied up in a neighbor's backyard.

"To turn their back is not a good thing. That animal may need help and no one else has seen it," said Strickland.

Lucky for Cosmo, someone did.