A worker at St. Paul's Scenic Hills Animal hospital made a grisly discovery around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. When they went to toss something in an outdoor recycling bin, two dogs were inside of it.
One was dead. The other lived through the ordeal and is being treated at Scenic Hills.
Asked whether the deceased dog might've passed away before being put in the bin, Nikki William, a vet tech at Scenic Hills, says, "We're not completely sure, but we're pretty sure it died in there."
Regarding the surviving dog -- workers at the hospital have taken to calling him "Scrappy" -- Williams tells us that when he was found, "He was very skinny and scared, but he's already putting on weight after about two days."
Williams says the dogs are roughly six-month-old shepherd mixes that appear to be from the same litter.
Asked how long the dogs might've been in the bin, Williams says staff isn't totally sure, but Scenic Hills' recycling is only picked up once a week.
"We're thinking hopefully it was earlier that morning," she continues. "It could've been that morning, but [Scrappy] wasn't even making a sound in there. Someone went out to throw something out and saw them."
Scenic Hills has already received a number of inquiries from folks who want to adopt Scrappy, but nothing is set in stone at this point. If you're interested in taking him in, check out the hospital's website here.
"It's gonna be a while before he can go anywhere anyway," Williams says. "We're getting him fixed and up to date on shots."
Asked if Scenic Hills has ever experienced anything like finding animals in recycle bins before, Williams says, "We've had other animals dropped off but nothing like this."
h/t -- Nicole Norfleet