SPCA rescue emaciated dog found with choke chain lodged in her body

SPCA officers in Wellington have rescued a severely emaciated and injured dog.

Beanie was found wandering on Paraparaumu Beach in poor condition last week. She was very skinny and had a chain lodged in her shoulder and chest.

Vets at the SPCA estimated the "choke chain" could have been embedded into her skin for at least two weeks.

An SPCA inspector was dispatched to find her and said in a statement the dog was in "horrific" condition.

"I could see all her ribs and her hip bones. There was a choker chain that had embedded deeply under her left front leg. It smelt strongly of infection," the inspector said.

She was quickly taken back to the SPCA, the inspector noting despite everything Beanie was a "sweet-natured" dog.

"Beanie must have been in a lot of pain, but she didn't react at all when I lifted her up and put her safely in the back of my van."

She underwent surgery at the SPCA to remove the chain from her neck and is now slowly learning how to trust people.

SPCA Wellington vet care team leader Heidi Olsen said in a statement Beanie wasn't in a good way when she arrived but has improved dramatically.

"She was absolutely terrified and completely shut down to everything happening around her. Now her coat is already shinier, her wound is healing well, and we are slowly teaching her the world isn't a big scary place.

"She has already come so far in a matter of days. Beanie is so sweet and lovely and would be the perfect addition to someone's family once she is fully healed and rehabilitated."