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Owner of puppy found in trash says he thought animal was dead

December 07, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN - The owner of a puppy found in a trash bag in the 400 block of North Locust Street Sunday night said he had believed the puppy was dead, Hagerstown Police said in a news release.

The puppy was found by a woman walking by who heard whimpering coming from a tied bag of trash, police said.

She looked inside and found a pit bull pup about a week old in the plastic garbage bag with other trash, police said.

Police were called to the scene at 9:37 p.m., and officers Ryan Wertz and Stewart Heckman began knocking on doors in the neighborhood trying to find out where the puppy came from, Sgt. Tom Langston said.

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Police located the home where the puppy came from and inside, they found the mother of the pup and eight more puppies, Langston said.

The puppy that was put in the trash appeared to be a runt, Langston said.

The Humane Society of Washington County removed the mother dog and eight puppies from the house, and the woman who found the puppy in the trash took that dog to a veterinary hospital, Langston said.

The puppy was found in the trash on a frigid, windy night when temperatures hovered in the 20s.

Despite the cold and being put in a trash bag, Langston said the puppy seemed to be OK.

The location of the home where the adult dog and eight puppies were found was not disclosed Sunday night, since the incident was still under investigation.

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