Young puppy found beneath pile of trash at bottom of dumpster

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On the Fourth of July, a tiny puppy was rescued from a dumpster in Des Moines, Iowa. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) shared the details of the sad situation with Facebook followers on July 7, writing:

When ARL Animal Services officers responded to call about a dog in a dumpster on the Fourth of July, they arrived to find Des Moines Police frantically pulling trash out looking for what sounded like a puppy crying.

The temperature was already in the 80s and animal control officers knew that they had to work fast if the puppy was going to be saved. The animal welfare agency writes:

ARL officers climbed into the dumpster and began quickly moving trash out. Finally, after digging through layers of garbage and removing half of a broken door, they spotted the tiny puppy at the very bottom and lifted her to safety.

According to ARL, the puppy is only three weeks of age, and she was “not doing well,” when the officers retrieved her from the dumpster. ARL writes:

We called our on-call veterinarian and rushed the puppy back to the ARL, where we gave her subcutaneous fluids for dehydration, along with high-calorie nutritional supplements, and tried to get her to bottle-feed. She had a tough time with the bottle and her condition was poor, but we knew we had to give her a chance.

Fortunately, help was available for the tiny, discarded pup:

Even though it was a holiday, one of our surgical technicians picked up the puppy for an emergency foster so we could give her round-the-clock care in the hopes of saving her life. We named the puppy Liberty, and keeping her stable has been a struggle, but we are seeing signs of hope. She is now eating better and has perked up more … but she is still very young and has a long road ahead.


You can donate towards Liberty’s care at this link to ARL’s website.


By Phone: To donate to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. by phone, call (515) 473-9107.

By Mail: Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc.
Attn: Donations
5452 NE 22nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50313-2528.

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ARL writes:

This investigation is ongoing. If you have any info on this puppy or situation, please email


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