Garbage man rescues puppy from trash

Michael Upchurch used to not think too much about what was in the bags of trash he dumped everyday as a garbage man. Then last week he saw something moving in one of the bags. Upchurch stopped the truck from crushing the bag and saved a 6-week-old puppy.

Michael Upchurch used to not think too much about what was in the bags of trash he dumped everyday as a garbage man. Then last week he saw something moving in one of the bags. Upchurch stopped the truck from crushing the bag and saved a 6-week-old puppy.

Last Wednesday Upchurch was working collecting garbage in Muncie, Indiana when he and his coworker, who was also riding on the back of the truck, heard whimpering.  They both thought the noise was coming from each other, and then Upchurch spotted something. “Out of the corner of my eye in the bag, it was a blue recycle bag by the way, I seen his head moving. I said ‘Stop the truck,’” Upchurch recalled. “It was a terrible sound. This ole’ doggy here hollering. ‘Save me.’  I guess in doggy talk.”

Upchurch pulled the puppy out. The puppy looked frozen so Upchurch did what he could to warm him up, taking him into the truck and blasting the heat. “I turned on the heat right here with the heat on full blast,” said Upchurch. The puppy was then rushed to the Westview Animal Clinic for emergency care. The puppy has made a speedy recovery and is now at home with his rescuer and new owner Upchurch.

Upchurch has given the puppy the name Garby. “I knew I had to adopt him,” said Upchurch. He and his wife had been discussing getting a new puppy for a while and are thrilled to have Garby safe at home with them. “It’s been great. I’m just happy that (Garby) is safe and alive and we’re going to treat him really well,” said Upchurch’s wife Shelley.

Upchurch’s sister is also happy for her brother and Garby. She is the director of Muncie’s Animal Rescue Fund and is not surprised at all by her brother’s actions. “I was not surprised because my brother, he’s a great guy, and that’s just the kind of guy that he is,” she said.

The woman responsible for throwing Garby away is being investigated by the city’s Criminal Investigations Division. She allegedly admitted to previously throwing away two or three other puppies. She told the director of the Muncie Animal Shelter, Phil Peckinpaugh, that she thought the puppy was suffering from PARVO and had died when she put it in the trash. Peckinpaugh says she has been cited with animal neglect and animal cruelty.

After this experience Upchurch is concerned about what might be in other trash bags. He hopes people learn from this, “I kinda hope this will make people think a second before they do this ’cause there’s so much help out there.”

5 thoughts on “Garbage man rescues puppy from trash

  1. What a beautiful pup!

    Never ceases to amaze me, these…*people* (nicest thing I can say right now) that don’t ever bother to get health care for their dogs. Parvo is preventable with the vaccine (though, I’ll admit, I don’t remember how early they can get the shot). Even if Garby was too young to be vaxed, who throws any pup in the trash? Dear lord.

  2. Someone who would do this in the first place will NEVER think twice!! It makes me sick to think of the other puppies who did not have an angel looking out for them:-(

  3. I am so sick of this shit. Instead of fines, and slaps on the wrist. Make a damn example out of someone. Toss the bitch who did that into the trash and smash her. Maybe then people will get it.

  4. i hate that people treat animal’s the way they do, can iman
    ge how they treated their own children

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