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Dog survives after being found by sanitation workers at Phoenix landfill

Posted at 2:09 PM, Oct 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-14 19:54:21-04

PHOENIX — A dog is remarkably alive after being found by sanitation workers at at Phoenix landfill.

In a Monday Facebook post, Home Fur Good, an animal rescue in Phoenix, said "[it] is believed he (the dog) was put in a dumpster, picked up by a garbage truck and taken to the landfill." The shelter took the dog, named Oscar, into their care where he received emergency surgery for a broken leg and a shattered pelvis, according to the Facebook post.

On Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for the City of Phoenix, told ABC15 that the dog was actually found inside a tunnel at the city's transfer station near 27th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road and that the dog was not buried, but was in bad shape.

Yvette G. Roeder, a senior public information officer with the Phoenix Public Works Department, said in an email that the dog was found on Thursday, Oct. 10, around 3 p.m. She said once workers found the dog they contacted Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, who reportedly connected the dog with Home Fur Good.

It is not known how the dog got onto the property, Roeder said. She was not able to confirm whether or not the dog arrived via a garbage truck.

In its Facebook post, Home Fur Good, said it had partnered with Two Pups Wellness Fund to help with the financial costs related to Oscar's surgeries and rehabilitation. People can donate directly through the site.

ABC15 has reached out to the shelter for additional comment, but has not yet heard back.