Garbage collector jumps into dumpster to rescue puppy buried by garbage

A dog rescued from a dumpster by waste managers after it was said to have been thrown in has had a happy ending in a new forever home.

Riley, renamed Duke by his new family, was found last week in Columbus, Ohio, by a garbage man working at an apartment complex.

Dave Carlson was servicing the dumpsters at an East Side apartment complex when he discovered the pup trying to get out from under piles of trash. Carlson quickly contacted his supervisor, Logan Sieg, to report his findings.

Victory also came to the complex and climbed into the dumpster to rescue the pup. “It’s shocking to see a dog in the dumpster. It was annoying to see someone just throw it in there and get rid of it,” Sieg told 10TV.

In a tweet, the Columbus Department of Public Service called Carlson and Sieg’s actions “beyond the line of duty.”

A work day turned into a life-saving day for dog Riley, who is now settling into a forever home. Sieg and Carlson contacted the Franklin County Dog Shelter after rescuing the pup.

While waiting for the volunteers to arrive, Riley was allowed to roam and explore Alum Creek Station, along with peanut butter crackers.

On Saturday, the Franklin County Dog Shelter announced that Riley found an adopter and has since been renamed Duke.

“We are delighted to announce that 6 month old Riley has been adopted and is doing well in his home forever,” they wrote on Facebook.

“Thank you to everyone who helped save Riley, to his adopters and to our community for their continued support. Together we can make a BIG difference in the lives of those who cannot speak for themselves.”

news week has reached out to the Columbus Department of Public Service and the Franklin County Dog Shelter for comment.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the only recent report of four-legged friends found in dumpsters or garbage bags. In January, a Florida sheriff’s office responded to an abandoned dog found in a garbage bag.

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from a local resident who noticed an “oddly shaped” garbage bag near an intersection. The caller had opened the bag and found an elderly, malnourished dog inside.

Officials called the scenario “absolutely unacceptable” and warned: “There is absolutely NO reason to treat animals this way; not when there are animal shelters and/or people willing to adopt a pretty little lady like this.” Garbage collector jumps into dumpster to rescue puppy buried by garbage

Rick Schindler

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