Monday, December 23, 2013

San Francisco holiday dog survival story, thanks to Recology and animal control

That's me in the blue cart
"SAN FRANCISCO — A lucky puppy named "Gem" was recovering at San Francisco Animal Care and Control Sunday, two days after the injured dog was plucked from certain death at a landfill from a trash sorting conveyor belt by recycling center workers. 

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"We could tell the puppy was still moving and it was trying to crawl out of the bag itself," said Recology material handler Gregory Foster. "Luckily we stopped the line in time before it actually fell off the belt into the pit." The pit is the final stop before the landfill."   The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/KTVU Bay Area, 12/23/13, "Christmas miracle saves injured puppy rescued at recycling facility." Article includes a 2:04 minute video. 

"San Francisco animal control officials are trying to figure out how a 10-week-old apricot poodle puppy ended up on a recycling conveyor belt at the city dump - severely injured but expected to survive.  ...."Injured puppy found on conveyor belt at San Francisco dump." Officials believe the dog traveled to the San Francisco Recology transfer station at 501 Tunnel Rd. in a collection truck, and was unloaded along with mounds of trash. Gem then took a trip down a conveyer belt carrying cans, bottles and other recyclables. She was conscious when discovered by Recology staff.  San Francisco Chronicle/Peter Harlaub, 12/23/13, "Injured puppy found on conveyor belt at San Francisco dump." Article includes a 2:05 minute video. 

"Veterinarians believe the puppy suffered most of her injuries before being thrown away. Animal control officers released photos of Gem on Sunday and are asking for the public's help in finding out who owned her and how she ended up in a recycling truck. Anyone with information is asked to contact San Francisco Animal Care and Control at (415) 554-9400."  San Francisco Examiner/Bay City News, "Injured puppy discovered alive in trash at Recology recycling facility." 

Related - article and several photographs from CBS San Francisco and Animal Care and Control San Francisco,  Daily Mail, UK, 12/23/13.

Note photographs:  Recology truck from Dixon Patch.  Cute dog from the Alanta Journal-Constitution article by J.C. Lockhart (above).  

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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