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Dog with broken legs found in trash bin dies

January 20, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A young female mongrel with two broken front legs found whimpering in a trash bin on Jan. 11 was operated on but did not survive the ordeal, the director of the Antietam Humane Society said Monday.

The dog came through the operation successfully but she died Jan. 13, said Candy Bennett, executive director of the humane society. Bennett thinks the dog's heart may have given out.

The dog, white with German shepherd features, was thought to be between 7 and 10 months old. She did not appear to have been abused when she was found by a security guard at the Landis Gardner factory on East Sixth Street, Bennett said.

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The security guard was making his rounds around 6 p.m. when he heard sounds coming from the trash bin and found the dog. He called borough police, who notified the humane society.

The dog had two makeshift splints on her front legs fashioned from a wooden ruler and duct tape, Bennett said. Shelter officials think someone may have tried to care for her, got frustrated and left her in the trash bin.

The dog was wearing a blue nylon collar when it was found, but no dog tag, Bennett said.

Officials said they don't know how long the dog had been in the trash bin, but two veterinarians who treated her thought her legs had been broken for about three weeks, Bennett said.

Shelter officials called the dog's injuries suspicious.

"Both legs were broken in the same place," Bennett said. "According to the X-rays, it doesn't look like it was an accident."

The incident is being investigated by the humane society and borough police as an animal cruelty case.

"She did not appear to have been abused," Bennett said. "Her body weight was OK and she had a good temperament. She was thirsty. We offered her food and she ate some, but mostly she wanted water."

Bennett said the dog had a wonderful disposition.

"She was very sweet. You'd think she'd hate humans after what she went through, but she cuddled right up to us. We named her Hope."

Anyone with information is urged to call the Antietam Humane Society at 717-762-9091 or the Waynesboro Police Department at 717-762-2131.

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