“This is one of the most profoundly shocking and disturbing cases of abuse we have ever witnessed,” SPCA spokeswoman Marcie Moriarty said in a news release on Wednesday.

Is it just us or does this crazy woman look like Gollum from The Lord of the Rings?

A Vancouver Island couple has been charged with animal cruelty in what the SPCA is calling one of the worst cases it’s ever seen. Anderson Joe and Melissa Tosshley are facing some serious charges after animal control officers seized an emaciated, chained dog from their property. Despite emergency medical treatment, the dog died from his wounds.

Apparently, the couple had kept the dog chained in the yard for so long that the collar had eaten into the poor animal’s neck, causing a massive infection and cutting off blood flow to the face.

Here’s the sad story per the Vancouver Sun:

A Vancouver Island couple has been charged with animal cruelty in what the B.C. SPCA calls one of the most “profoundly shocking” cases of abuse and torture of a dog.

Anderson Joe and Melissa Tooshley of Duncan face charges after B.C. SPCA officers seized an emaciated, chained dog in critical distress on Feb. 16. Despite emergency treatment, the dog died two days later.

She said when officers arrived at the property they found a medium-sized brown dog on a tether that was only a few inches long, standing in a large pile of mud and feces.

The dog was severely emaciated, and his collar was deeply embedded into his neck, causing an infection. The dog’s head was swollen to two to three times its normal size.

“The constables used bolt cutters to free the dog and immediately rushed him to an emergency veterinary clinic,” said Moriarty. “The wound from the embedded collar exposed the dog’s trachea and jugular vein – it was horrific.”

“This kind of appalling neglect and cruelty is sickening and absolutely unacceptable in our society,” she said.

If convicted, Joe and Melissa Tooshley face a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine and up to a lifetime ban on owning animals.

We would like to see both of these monsters get the maximum of five years in prison. The suffering that poor dog endured is unimaginable!

How could someone be so cruel?