An employee of the Flying J gas station in the Elko-Wells area of Nevada found a sick puppy tossed into a trash can on Friday. The employee was dumping garbage when he heard the puppy crying.
According to the Elko Daily Free Press, the employee pulled the ailing little canine out of the trash and called Undersheriff Clair Morris.
Authorities were able to track the puppy's origin to the owners of a broken down RV. When the owners opened the vehicle, there were 35 other dogs in the RV. The interior of the vehicle was described as having a foul odor and filled with feces, urine, and flies. Eight of the small breed Chihuahua mixes were removed from the vehicle because they seemed very unhealthy.
The rescued puppy was taken to a veterinarian's office where he was diagnosed with parvovirus. He is currently being treated.
The other dogs were taken to the Elko Animal Shelter, and are under the care and treatment of the organization. At this time the shelter is full beyond capacity and cannot accommodate any more dogs.
The Facebook page, Friends of the Elko Animal Shelter is asking interested parties to consider adopting a furry friend.
The owners of the puppy were not arrested or cited for animal cruelty. Authorities stated there was no way to prove if the sick puppy actually appeared dead when the owners threw him into the trash.
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