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Dog Found in Trash Bag in Philadelphia Park

One dog has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving after she was rescued after being found inside a trash bag at Wissahickon Valley Park on Wednesday. Now, the SPCA says Cranberry will look for her forever home after she is nursed back to health. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016)

A walk in the park turned into a rescue mission for the Philadelphia SPCA after a dog was found inside a trash bag Tuesday night.

Barbara Adams and her dog were walking in Wissahickon Valley Park when they came upon a garbage bag on the trail, under the McCallum Street Bridge. As the pair got closer, they found a dog’s head visible from the bag.

“I turned around and my dog was sniffing at this black plastic bag and when I looked closer, there was a dog’s head sticking out of it,” Adams told the PSPCA. “She was looking at me with very, very sad eyes.”

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Adams called the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team who sent two officers to the scene. The pair were able to rescue the emaciated dog and bring it back to the shelter for medical care.

With the help of Adams and the PSCPA, Cranberry, named for the Thanksgiving holiday, is now being cared for by the shelter’s hospital team and is in guarded condition.

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“In these cases, it’s the first 48 hours, first few days that are the most important to ensure that the animal survives,” said Nicole Wilson, director of PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement. “Our goal is to make sure that not only does the animal survive but that we find who’s responsible for this horrific act of cruelty.”

The PSPCA is asking the public for help in identifying the person who is responsible for dumping the dog in the park. Anyone with information can call the cruelty hotline at 866-601-7722.

The PSPCA has also set up a donation page to help Cranberry on her road to recovery.


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