Warning: Graphic Pictures below! This is Oakley! And she has quite a story to tell! Oakley is obviously a cutie and has a great personality to match. She loves people and other animals. Unfortunately, someone had tied narrow rope around her neck and did not pay attention as she grew. When collars and other objects tied around a neck don’t grow larger along with the neck, the tight band of material begins to cut into the skin and tissue. This takes a long time and is obviously uncomfortable. The best part of her story is that Oakley will be treated for her heartworms and has a spot in a program called Homeward Bound. Homeward Bound is a student-run organization based out of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. They take high-risk animals out of shelters across the state and transport them to fantastic shelters in the northeast. Oakley will have the home she so deserves. The pictures below start out very difficult to see, but they do show her after pictures as well and is a dramatic example of what rescuers and the veterinary community are capable of.