Puppy Rescued at Recycling Center Was Struggling Inside Trash Bag

Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 07:57 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A puppy rescued from a recycling center was recovering at San Francisco Animal Care and Control after it was found injured on a trash sorting conveyor. If the dog had not been found in time by workers it would have faced certain death at the bottom of a landfill pit.

The 10-month-old Poodle-mix was found struggling inside a trash bag at San Francisco's Recology recycling plant, animal control officer Capt. Lee Ellis Brown told KTVU.com.

"We could tell the puppy was still moving and it was trying to crawl out of the bag itself," Recology material handler Gregory Foster told KTVU.com. "Luckily we stopped the line in time before it actually fell off the belt into the pit."

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The puppy would have been dropped 20 feet into a pit before winding up in the landfill.

"My coworker and I climbed up on the line," Foster added. "We pulled her out the bag and she was wet, bleeding, frightened and shaking."

Foster’s coworker Arturo Pena then wrapped the pup in a blanket and provided it with water, staying with the animal until San Francisco Animal Care and Control (SFACC) arrived.

"It’s difficult to imagine how the dog survived this ordeal," Robert Reed, a spokesman for Recology, told ABC News. "Nothing like this has happened before."

According to Reed, before making its way to the conveyor belt, the puppy survived being packed underneath piles of construction debris in a garbage truck and then scooped up by a tractor and dumped onto the belt.

SFACC subsequently took possession of the pup and brought the animal to their shelter, where they named her "Gem."

The puppy reportedly had a significant wound to her neck which appeared to have been a bite, KTVU.com reported.

SFACC released a news release asking residents for any information about the puppy including the animal's prior owner, considering it had been discarded in a dumpster and left to die.

Since the release went out, SFACC has received at least 70 adoption requests according to SFACC Captain Le Ellis Brown.

"Since we’ve been so flooded with calls," Brown told ABC News. "We most likely will have a lottery for her new home."

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