When workers passing the Detroit Packard Plant noticed a bag rustling on the ground, they were hurt and disgusted at what lie inside. It is unclear whether the roughly 3-month-old Lab and Pit Bull mix crawled inside the garbage bag himself or was placed there intentionally, but his circumstance regardless was undeserved.
Dubbed Packard, the pup was carefully removed from among the beer bottles and other trash and taken to Greenfield Animal Hospital.
This puppy, who we've named Packard, was found looking for shelter or thrown away in a garbage bag and was discovered by workers at the Packard Plant in Detroit. He is on his way to our vet for a full medical work up. If you'd like to help please donate to DetroitDogRescue.com/donate.
Posted by Detroit Dog Rescue on Monday, December 28, 2015
The veterinarian reported that the puppy has worms, respiratory issues, and is very malnourished. He clearly had not been cared for, probably since his birth, but he will be put up for adoption as soon as he recovers and gains some weight. Executive Director of the Detroit Dog Rescue Kristina Rinaldi told The Detroit News:
You can never say, but in the cases that we’ve seen, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone just walked by and put a puppy in the garbage. It’s something we see a lot. People throw them away or kids think it’s funny.
Even the workers could tell Packard had been in the cold for a while. “The mentality in Detroit is don’t snitch,” said Rinaldi, which is a large part of the reason animal cruelty cases often go unreported. “It’s time people start speaking up about animal abuse.”
The non-profit Detroit Dog Rescue is the first and only of its kind in Detroit. Back in October, Michigan Radio reported that of the roughly 2,500 dogs who entered the Detroit Animal Shelter, nearly 2,000 died by euthanasia.
The stray dog problem is serious, there’s no doubt, but if the city’s residents neglect to report abandoned or mistreated animals it will be next to impossible to reduce those numbers. If Packard’s situation tells us anything, it’s that there is a problem that must be solved.
As a first step in January, the rescue plans to begin a program in Detroit’s public schools educating the city’s youth about proper animal care. Hopefully with their help, the future will hold more concern for animal welfare and the city’s strays.