The request was urgent. The circumstances were complicated. But Grace was in grave danger. On December 28th, Mary Lou Seymour of Shelter Animals Advocates (SAA) in South Carolina made an emergency appeal to us. She was desperately hoping to save Grace, an eight-year-old Chow Chow mix. Grace had just arrived as a stray at the North Augusta Animal Control facility in Aiken County, South Carolina, with a broken, rusted chain clasp hanging from her collar. Grace's skin was in terrible condition, her ears had fly bites, and she was totally exhausted. But there were far more serious issues.