Puppy found in trash at Dickson County landfill - WKRN News 2

Puppy found in trash at Dickson County landfill

Posted: Updated: April 14, 2014 05:58 PM
Workers at the Dickson County Landfill found Midas Friday morning. (Courtesy: Facebook.com) Workers at the Dickson County Landfill found Midas Friday morning. (Courtesy: Facebook.com)
DICKSON, Tenn. -

A puppy was almost buried alive in a landfill in Dickson County.

Workers at the Dickson County Landfill just off Highway 48 discovered three-month-old Midas in a pile of trash after they heard him crying Friday morning.

"He might have been a little sore when he [came] out of that compactor. He looked weak looking, he could hardly stand up," said Troy Holt, one of the workers who saved the puppy.

The dog reportedly had injuries to his head and eye and was starving.

Authorities suspect the frail puppy was picked up by a compacting truck where someone had dumped him like trash.

Crews say it's tough to determine exactly where Midas was dumped since truck operators make anywhere from 25 to 30 stops throughout their route.

Last Chance Pet Rescue, the Dickson County animal rescue organization who has cared for the puppy since his rescue, told News 2 Midas' recovery is nothing short of a miracle.

As of Monday, the puppy is now wagging his tail and standing on his own.  

"How does a little puppy get up into a dumpster? It would indicate someone probably placed it there," said Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe.

Officials investigating the case said finding the person responsible for the crime will be tough since Midas was found with only his collar but no ID.

A spokesperson with the animal rescue said enough money has been received to cover Midas' medical costs.  

Midas is also going into foster care and will probably be adopted by that foster home.

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