Mailman Rescues Beaten & Strangled Dog from Trash Bin

A letter carrier in Clayton, New Jersey was on his route when he stopped suddenly.  He heard a noise, and turned to at a nearby recycling bin.  Much to his surprise, a dog was inside!  It was a badly injured miniature pinscher.

The min pin had a large gash in his head, couldn’t walk, and his vision was gone.  He was carted off to Clayton Veterinary Associates, where it was determined from bruising and swelling to his neck that he had been strangled, in addition to sustaining the blunt force to his skull.

But there s hope for the little dog, who was to be named Beacon.  Just this week he took his first steps since his injury on his own.  He still has a long way to go, but hopeful technician Janelle Hall says there is still much progress possible.

“We’ve seen a huge improvement,” she said.  “He should regain about 70 percent or more of his walking ability.”

Beacon is undergoing a variety of treatments, including laser therapy, antibiotics, pain medications and acupuncture.  He will have hydrotherapy, as well as “tender love and care,” to work his leg muscles so he can walk again.

Officials are still searching for the perpetrator of the brutal crime.  They were initially informed of his being found in the bin, but were unaware that his injuries were due to abuse and attempted murder.  The New Jersey SPCA is investigating.

In the meantime, Beacon, who is between 10 and 12 years old, continues to persevere.  His sad story and remarkable fortitude have already ensnared one lucky dog-lover’s heart, and the potential new owner has applied to adopt him when he is well.


  1. Anonymous says on  03/15/2013 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you to you all! You are all my heroes! You go Beacon!! There’s a FUREVER home waiting for you <3

  2. Anonymous says on  03/15/2013 at 10:15 pm

    All I can say is why? So many cruel people out there! Stay strong beacon!! Your going to get the love you deserve!

  3. Windswept says on  03/16/2013 at 7:18 am

    This breaks my heart :(

    Poor wee guy, he deserves better, especially as he is in his senior years.

    Here’s to you, wee man !

    May your life from now on, be comfortable and full of all the love and hugs you deserve!

  4. Anonymous says on  03/16/2013 at 7:27 am

    I like to think there is a special place in hell for people who abuse animals, because they seem to be getting away with it on earth.

  5. Cheryl F says on  03/16/2013 at 2:15 pm

    You helpers are genuine angels – may your lives be long and filled with joy!

    and, when he’s caught, could I have ten minutes alone with the gutless maggot who hurt this dog? Five minutes?

  6. Michka says on  03/16/2013 at 3:30 pm

    Poor Beacon, thank God that the mailman heard you.
    To each and everyone of you, whom has had a hand in saving and nurturing Beacon are just wonderful. Yes, you are his guardian angels. I just cannot understand how anyone can commit such horrendous crime. I hope this ‘person’ is caught. Let the full force of the law be thrown at this criminal. Keep on persevering Beacon, soon will be in your furever home. You will be loved and, cuddled and very much appreciated.

  7. Jonsey says on  03/18/2013 at 3:09 pm

    People make me sick!

  8. Anonymous says on  03/18/2013 at 8:10 pm

    This kind soul- the mailman- restores my faith that we humans are not completely dead to the divine quality of compassion. It is fully beyond me how a human being could inflict brutality on this small, older dog. Godspeed this tiny one from suffering and into a loving home.

  9. Anonymous says on  03/28/2013 at 3:52 pm

    So bloody sad I cried

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