A Chihuahua is recovering after he was found in a dumpster in Des Moines, Iowa. Now, the Animal Rescue Legion of Iowa is on the hunt to find out who is responsible for dumping the dog, who was still in his kennel, in the garbage. The small dog, named Oscar, was discovered by Jesus Balderas as he passed by.
“It was just like pitiful how a owner of a dog like that would kind of do that to an animal,” he said. “It was bad.”
The kennel fortunately broke open as it was thrown into the dumpster, the ARL said. Oscar was able to make his way to the top of the pile but was too weak to jump out. Balderas pulled him out and took him to the ARL for treatment.
“Oscar had zero body fat, loss of muscle mass, hair loss, and intestinal parasites,” the ARL posted on Facebook. “His fur was stained from being caged in his own filth for a long time.”
Oscar, whose coloring is brown and white with stained yellow legs and underbelly, is said to be thriving at the ARL, eating and warming up to people.
“In the first 48 hours he regained 25% of his body weight!” the post stated. “He is so sweet. He wants to be near people at all times and especially loves being held.”
The ARL is asking for people to provide any information they may have in order to track down who abandoned Oscar.
HELP NEEDED: It’s unimaginable what happened to Oscar this week. This neglected, emaciated dog was trapped in a kennel and thrown in a dumpster – left for dead. Luckily, the kennel broke open upon impact and Oscar was able to climb to the top of the trash pile, but he was too weak to jump out of the dumpster. All he could do was wait. Eventually, a good Samaritan saw him and rushed him to the ARL for help.What we saw when Oscar arrived would take your breath away. This dog was a walking skeleton, weighing only 4 pounds. Our veterinarians rushed to his aid.Oscar had zero body fat, loss of muscle mass, hair loss, and intestinal parasites. His fur was stained from being caged in his own filth for a long time.This didn’t happen overnight. Oscar had been neglected for a while.He arrived at the ARL just in time. Had it been much longer, he wouldn’t have survived. Over the past several days our medical team has been helping him safely regain weight and begin to return to health. This poor guy was so hungry that once he began having food again, his body immediately responded. In the first 48 hours he regained 25% of his body weight! He is so sweet. He wants to be near people at all times and especially loves being held.It is unimaginable that anyone could look into Oscar’s eyes and just throw him away. Your donation to our Miracle Medical Fund provides lifesaving care and rehabilitation for the most vulnerable animals. Oscar was treated like literal trash by his previous owner, but you can give the gift of hope today for Oscar and other pets who need immediate help.When you donate now, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar, thanks to a generous challenge from the estate of Daryl E. Behounek – that means when you donate to help Oscar, you’ll also help another animal at the ARL who needs you. (If you donate, please also go to http://ow.ly/ibMy30mySWS so we can thank you and give you updates.)P.S. We are desperately searching for the person responsible for Oscar’s condition and need your help identifying them. Oscar was found in the dumpster at 6th Ave. and Forest Ave. in the River Bend neighborhood of Des Moines. If you have any information, please contact ARL Animal Control Officer Tina at 515-208-9248 or email@example.com. You can remain anonymous.#teamoscar #notjustanumber #enoughisenough
Posted by Animal Rescue League of Iowa on Friday, November 9, 2018
“We’re coming up with no leads at this point,” Animal Control Services Director Josh Colvin said.
With regard to adopting Oscar, the ARL said on Facebook that its first priority is to get him healthy. “Oscar was treated like literal trash by his previous owner…. ” the ARL wrote. “It is unimaginable that anyone could look into Oscar’s eyes and just throw him away.”