Tucson: Puppy dumped in Reid Park trash canby Karyn Zoldan on Jan. 30, 2013, under Animal Cruelty
Animal dumping is a crime. This pup is fortunate that he was found in time to be saved.
from the press release
Puppy dumped in park trash can
When Oscar’s owner put him in a plastic bag, did the trusting pup think it was a game? What happened next was anything but fun.
During one of the coldest weeks this winter, Oscar, an 8-week-old pit bull-mix, was tossed out like a piece of trash. Left in a garbage can at Reid Park, this sweet puppy lucked out when he was discovered by a local vending company worker who decided to take a late lunch at the park. Saving this lucky pup’s life, the man delivered to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.
It was mid-January, when temperatures were ice cold and Oscar’s chances of survival were slim to none. The pup also has a deformed back foot; he is missing bones in his foot which causes his foot to appear much different than normal. The missing bones are most likely the result of trauma.
Although Oscar may have had a rough start at life, no trash can or damaged foot can stop this pup from living life. Oscar’s current hobbies include sleeping, tug-of-war and eating! He is rambunctious and curious to say the least.
And thankfully for Oscar, veterinarians at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona say that he will make a full recovery and lead a normal life.
And while Oscar may have had a happy ending, often times other puppies and adult dogs don’t stand a chance. Oscar’s compelling yet depressing story is quite common. There are thousands of unwanted animals left to survive on their own every year in our community with stories that do not end as happily.
Animal dumping is cruelty and it is a crime. Please take the time to stay cognizant and anonymously report any animal cruelty you see by calling the Animal Cruelty Task Force of Southern Arizona at 520-547-0260 or call 88-CRIME.
On another note, Atomic Charm greyhound died at Tucson Greyhound Park in mid December 2012. Wonder what happened to her body? Was she thrown in the freezer? Arizona Department of Racing who allegedly “regulates” dog racing will not provide records of why she was found in her cage dead. Perhaps no such records even exist? Just another reason why the cruel “sport” of greyhound racing must end. There’s no transparency. Is that considered accountability on the state level or the county/local level?