The true origins of Figaro remain a mystery, but it is a fact that he spent his entire life in captivity. A kind individual discovered Figaro as a wandering dog and took him to a nearby vet. Upon examination, it was discovered that Figaro had an enormous chain around his neck, weighing approximately 8 pounds and embedded so deeply that it often went unnoticed. As there was no veterinarian present at the time, Figaro was taken to the Davidson County Animal Shelter under the care of animal control. However, due to the complexity of Figaro’s condition, the shelter employees deemed themselves incapable of handling the situation alone.
The poor animal was obviously suffering, prompting them to reach out to the Davidson County Animal Alliance for help. The rescuers immediately took action and removed the chain.
In a statement to The Dodo, Paula Barkley from the Davidson County Animal Alliance revealed that Figaro, who is just a little over a year old, has likely worn the chain his whole life, as evidenced by how deeply it was buried in his skin.
Figaro was brought to the surgery room in a rush, and the rescue team was able to successfully remove the thick chain that bound him. The moment the chain was freed from Figaro, he immediately appeared to feel relieved and grateful for those who helped him escape his restraints.
Figaro is an incredibly friendly and gentle pup. He seemed to understand that both our crew and the vet team were there to help him. Luckily, he’s been recovering well since his surgery yesterday afternoon.