A severely injured dog was found dumped in a trash can Tuesday in a Garfield alley and now the owners are being sought by authorities.
“Animal control officers were called out to an alley in the Garfield area where they found a dog. Once they opened the lid of the trash can, they saw the dog,” Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife center employee Monica Garcia said.
“The trash can was rolling around, back and forth. He was probably trying to get out.”
The two year old dog was found by a passerby who called the Humane Society. Faith Henderson said the dog was found in an alley near her home on Gem Way.
“I’m an animal lover, and you just don’t treat any living thing like that, whether it’s human or animal,” Henderson said.
The dog has a deep gaping wound around its neck leading shelter officials to believe the injury is from an imbedded collar. The pup was also covered in fleas and was severely underweight.
A statement on the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center facebook page posted approximately 4:00 p.m. reads, “Just a short time ago, the City of Pittsburgh Animal Control brought us this dog from the City’s Garfield area. He was found locked inside a trash can with infected wounds on his neck from an embedded collar. Our Medical Director, Dr. Donna Hughes, estimates that the collar must have been embedded in his neck for about two weeks. The dog is receiving treatment and is expected to eventually be fine. A Humane Officer is investigating.”
“This horrific act of cruelty is just one example of the situations we deal with on a weekly basis at the Animal Rescue League. It’s why your support is crucial.”
“Monetary donations will help the most at this point. Include a note that says, Embedded Collar Dog.” Donations can be made on their website at www.animalrescue.org.
Garcia said she hopes someone will come forward with information about the dog’s owner.
Update: On Thursday, The Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center updated it’s fans with the following post and the video attached to this article:
“Look who’s feeling a bit better today! This morning we took a short clip of the dog with the embedded collar found in a trash can yesterday. He’s still got a road to recovery ahead of him, but his future is looking bright. While he’s not available for adoption just yet, the response has been overwhelming. We’ve decided to use a lottery-type system to adopt him out. We’ll compile a list of everyone interested in this little guy and then choose someone at random. The chosen family must still meet our normal adoption criteria or we’ll choose another one. Submit your information to email@example.com.”
Anyone with information on the injured dog or it’s owners is asked to contact Garfield Police at (973) 478-8500 or the Animal Rescue League at (412) 345-7300.
PAR Examiner will update when further information is obtained.
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