Emaciated dog found in a dumpster finds new home - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Emaciated dog found in a dumpster finds new home

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SOAP LAKE, Wash.- A heartbreaking discovery inside a dumpster at an elementary school in Soap Lake has emotions running and people living in the community on a mission to save a dog thrown away like a piece of garbage.

On November 5, Hank, a nine-year-old Labrador mix was pulled out of a dumpster by the City Public Safety Director Glenn Quantz. Hank was terrified and malnourished. His ribs and his spine were protruding from his body by inches and he was unable to walk. The abandoned dog was quickly taken to the Soap Lake animal shelter where he was given food, water, and a warm place to rest.

Hank was taken to the vet and they determined he was in poor health, but his chances for recovery were good. According to Kim Schrag, a woman who has set up a Facebook page for Hank called, Diary of a Dog, Hank sleeps for most of the day, but he is showing signs of improvement. He has started putting on more weight and his ribs are not as visible as they were when he was found. He has started socializing and making eye contact with people.

Schrag says someday she'd like to see Hank fetch a ball instead of being curled up in one. Hank is now living with his adopted family and they are working on nursing him back to health.

Soap Lake Police have not found Hank's original owner but they say, "for him to be thrown away like a piece of garbage is not only unconscionable, it is criminal."

Kim Schrag saw pictures of Hank on Facebook and decided to act.

“Well I'm an animal lover and all I saw was his face. And he looked just so broken down. And no animal should live like that. And no animal should be. You know he was thrown alive into a dumpster. If he hadn't been found, the garbage truck would have backed up he would have been dumped in there and crushed to death alive,” Schrag said.

Now Hank is in Schrag's care, and getting stronger every day. He has a vet visit scheduled for Dec. 3.

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