Animal Control Saves Small Dog Found in Dumpster - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Animal Control Saves Small Dog Found in Dumpster

Posted: Updated:
Tri-City Animal Control is working with Richland Police to file charges against the person who allegedly dumped a 3 pound maltese into a dumpster. Tri-City Animal Control is working with Richland Police to file charges against the person who allegedly dumped a 3 pound maltese into a dumpster.

PASCO, WA - Tri-City Animal Control is working with Richland Police to file charges against the person who allegedly dumped a 3 pound maltese into a dumpster.

We spoke with the director of Animal Control, Angela Zilar to find out exactly what happened to Delilah. 

"We got a call from a maintenance worker that they had found a dog inside a dumpster at their work," Zilar said. "So one of my officers responded, and found this little girl in that dumpster, approximately 6 foot tall, so he had to go in the dumpster and get her, and of course she was terrified."

"But she didn't look like this when she came in," she explained. "She was just one big matted mess. She did have a microchip, so we tracked the owner information, and she had indicated that about a year ago she had moved out of town and rehomed her two maltese, this one and another one by the name of Stella, to two different gals, but she had the information of who they were. It just so happens that the same person who had taken Delilah also worked at the location where the dog was dumped in the dumpster."

"She claims that she gave the dog away a month ago," Zilar told us. "Her daughter told us she had seen the dog at her mother's house the day before."

"The beauty of this story," Zilar said, "is that the other person who adopted Stella, now wants Delilah. She wants to reunite the sisters. This dog would not have survived. She would have been crushed by the compactor as soon as she was dumped into the garbage truck. That's no way to leave an animal. I don't care what kind of animal it is, there's absolutely no reason to ever leave an animal in a dumpster."

Zilar says if you have a pet that you need to get rid of, there are solutions that won't threaten the animal's life. While it is illegal to dump animals at shelters, Animal Control and several other rescue groups do accept owner surrenders.

  • Regional NewsMore>>

  • Drivers Stranded, Some Homes Damaged and Highways Closed due to Mudslides near Twisp

    Drivers Stranded, Some Homes Damaged and Highways Closed due to Mudslides near Twisp

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:44 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:44:53 GMT
    Officials in a north-central Washington county hard-hit by wildfire this summer say heavy rain has triggered flash floods and mud slides, damaging some homes, blocking portions of two highways and stranding some motorists.>>
    Officials in a north-central Washington county hard-hit by wildfire this summer say heavy rain has triggered flash floods and mud slides, damaging some homes, blocking portions of two highways and stranding some motorists.>>
  • PHOTOS: Harvest 2014

    PHOTOS: Harvest 2014

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:18 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:18:43 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - One of the great parts about living in Spokane, is if you head out of town in any direction, you're going to run into some beautiful farm land. I grew up south of Spokane, near Plaza, and one of my favorite things to do was to sit on the porch at night and stare south towards Rosalia at all of the rolling hills of wheat, lentils, barley and peas. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - One of the great parts about living in Spokane, is if you head out of town in any direction, you're going to run into some beautiful farm land. I grew up south of Spokane, near Plaza, and one of my favorite things to do was to sit on the porch at night and stare south towards Rosalia at all of the rolling hills of wheat, lentils, barley and peas. >>
  • WHAT DO YOU THINK? NFL Asking Halftime Performers To Pay To Play

    WHAT DO YOU THINK? NFL Asking Halftime Performers To Pay To Play

    SWXRightNow.com - I think one of the reasons the Super Bowl is consistently one of, it not the most watched television events of the year is because there is something for everyone. >>
    SWXRightNow.com - I think one of the reasons the Super Bowl is consistently one of, it not the most watched television events of the year is because there is something for everyone. The majority of the people tune in to watch the NFL's top two teams battle for supremacy, but there are also those casual viewers who tune in for the commercials, or the halftime show.>>