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The Today File

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November 17, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Lab mix found emaciated in dumpster finds a new home

The Wenatchee World

SOAP LAKE — Late last week, a dog that had been found in a dumpster was released from the Soap Lake animal shelter to a new home.

“The person stepped up to the plate within one day of hearing about the situation and offered to home the dog,” said Glenn Quantz, the city’s director of public safety. “She had another senior dog already and we checked out the home, the dog with the other dog, and the new owner with the dog and they all got along well.”

The new owner named the dog Hank. He’s about 9 years old.

Workers at Soap Lake Elementary School discovered the emaciated brown Labrador-mix dog in a dumpster about 6:15 a.m. on Nov. 5.

“I was the one who climbed in the dumpster,” Quantz said. “I shined a flashlight on him and he was pretty timid and nestled down in a corner. … I slowly inched my hands underneath him. He was pretty scared and pretty traumatized.”

Quantz handed the dog to the two school workers, climbed out of the dumpster and drove the dog to the animal shelter.

“He was pretty emaciated but within the first few hours he was drinking and nibbling,” Quantz said. “He must have drank a gallon and a half of water in the first few hours.”

City officials tried unsuccessfully to find the dog’s owner but, after about eight days, determined that a new home was best for the dog.

“You get a little emotional because he was just thrown away like a piece of garbage,” Quantz said.

He urged people who can no longer care for their pets to try to find it a new home with friends and, if that doesn’t work, call the animal shelter.

“This dog was probably somebody’s friend at one time,” he said. “No dog deserved this.”

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