In Gillette, Wyoming, a man was arrested on Saturday and charged with animal cruelty for dumping a hound puppy in a dumpster. The four-month-old puppy dubbed Missy, was found in the morning at an apartment complex as reported by the City of Gillette. Area residents heard noises coming from the dumpster – prompting them to find the defenseless puppy.
“The Gillette Police Department is looking for your help in identifying a person involved in an Animal Cruelty investigation.
Early this morning (12/30) between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., an unknown person dumped a 4-6-month-old hound mix pup in the dumpster at 3919 Ariel Avenue. The dog was stuffed inside a rolled up air mattress, thrown into the dumpster and left for dead in – 3-degree temperatures with 16 mph winds. The puppy is currently being treated for severe hypothermia.”
Manuel Rodrigues, 24, has been identified as Missy’s owner. The arrest came from a “combination of several different people calling in who either recognized the dog or the owner,” the Gillette News Record reports. If the people who had been on their way to work early in the morning had not heard Missy whining, it is likely she would have died from hypothermia and exposure.
The puppy is currently being treated at the Gillette Animal Shelter; no updates as to her condition have been posted. It is not known if she will survive, but thanks to the public and kindhearted citizens, Missy has a chance.
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