Pawtucket Animal Control says they have received over 150 calls from people wanting to adopt a puppy left abandoned in a Pawtucket dumpster.
And Pawtucket Police are looking for the public's help in finding who is responsible for such an act.
The Jack Russell mix was found locked in a crate in a dumpster late last week.
"Whoever did this is just heartless. You look at a puppy like this and it's crazy," said John Holmes, animal control officer.
The months-old puppy is now at the city animal shelter as investigators are trying to determine where he came from.
"It was intentionally done. The dog didn't get in the carrier and jump in the dumpster by himself. So whoever did this, it's very heartless," Holmes said.
The dumpster is located outside an apartment building. Holmes said he thinks the dog may have been in the dumpster for a couple of days before someone finally heard its cries amid the trash.
"The carrier was a mess, loaded with animal feces. Our problem is naturally, No. 1, they could have brought it right to us. No. 2, had these people not been walking by and the disposal truck had taken the dumpster, I mean, it could have had a tragic ending," Holmes said.
Holmes said the puppy came in a little dehydrated and very hungry, but that the dog is fine and he's doing well. Holmes said it could be put up for adoption as early as next week.
"He's extremely friendly. He'll make somebody a very nice pet."
Holmes says that the SPCA is offering a reward for information in the case. A $2,500reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person who leftthe puppy in the dumpster.
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