UPPER DARBY, Pa. (CBS) – A dog is recovering after she was found with a severely lacerated neck in an Upper Darby home, officials say.

The six-month-old small Shepherd-Pit Bull Terrier mix was found in a house on Clover Lane.

Officials say the dog, which Delco SPCA staff named “Clover,” is believed to have been in the home 3-4 weeks, tethered to the banister with a cable wire, which she chewed herself free from, but not without severe lacerations.

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(credit: Delco SPCA)

(credit: Delco SPCA)


“We’re lucky that she didn’t decapitate herself, starve to death, or both,” said Ron Riggle, Humane Society Police Officer, and Clover’s rescuer.

Clover was originally found by the property manager. Authorities then contacted Riggle, who rushed her to Delco SPCA for medical care.

Clover underwent emergency surgery to clean and remove the diseased tissue. Officials say she will need multiple follow-up procedures to repair her destroyed neck muscles.

Her care is estimated to cost over $3,000.

Delco SPCA is requesting donations for the care of Clover. Donations can be made here or mailed to the Delco SPCA at 555 Sandy Bank Road, Media, PA 19063.