Dog Found in Garbage Can Still Happy and Playful

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Found in a garbage can, injured and thin, this sweet boy will be looking for a new family soon. (Photo – Chris Kasprak/Post-Gazette)

In East Liberty, PA, a dog, out for a stroll with his person, stopped by a tipped-over garbage can, alerting his owner that something was amiss. Smart dog. Inside the garbage can was a dog, injured and abandoned, tossed away like yesterday’s trash. The good Samaritan called Pittsburgh’s Animal Care & Control office who picked up the dog and took it to the East Liberty Shelter.

Shelter staff thinks the dog is about 3 or 4 years old and maybe some sort of terrier/poodle mix. He had an infected gash around his neck from a collar that was too tight or a collar that he outgrew and became embedded in his neck. Despite his injuries, and being about 3-4 pounds thinner than he should be, covered in fleas and matted to the skin, he was in good spirits.

Dan Rossi, executive director of the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center in East Liberty, said, “Obviously someone meant to throw this dog away. He’s an extremely, unbelievably friendly dog. It’s amazing how these animals just have trust in people even after bad situations like this happen. So he’ll stay with us for a couple of weeks to make sure he doesn’t have an infection and we’ll put him on the adoption floor.”

The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society has assigned one of their humane officers to this case.

“He’ll end up in a very good home,” Mr. Rossi said. “We’ll make sure of that.” If you’re interested in adopting this sweet, sweet boy or would like to get updates on his condition, send an email to [email protected]