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Dog Found In Davenport Dumpster


A case of animal cruelty is discovered in Davenport.  A puppy, stuffed in a duffel bag, was found in a dumpster outside the Freight House in downtown Davenport.

Luckily for her, Freight House maintenance worker Jaret Gelande was heading to the dumpster when he just happened to see a set of big eyes staring back at him. 

"I bent over to pick up the garbage can and dump it in. Well, I look into the garbage can and I see the little puppy sitting inside the garbage can and I'm like, ‘No, no, no, that can't be.'" Gelande said.

But it was. The black and white puppy, about 3 months old, had her head poking out of a duffel bag. 

Gelande says, "The bag was almost zipped up. I think the dog used its nose to unzip it and get out."

His first thought? "No way. No way would somebody be that stupid to do that to a dog."

Gelande says someone tossed the puppy into the dumpster along a busy road Monday afternoon.  He thinks he found her about half an hour later.

"It was just sitting in the back of the garbage can - shaking. That to me is just a heartless act by a coward. It shook her up real bad."

With a little coaxing, Gelande was able to calm her down and brought her inside.  He looked through her bag for ID, but instead found tennis balls, a leash and some chew toys.

Now she's settling into a routine at the Scott County Humane Society.  Executive Director Pam Arndt says no matter how many times an animal is dumped, it's still shocking.

"You would think that you would go, ‘Oh great, another one.' But you don't. You just go, ‘What is wrong with people, why do they do this?'"

But there are also people like Jaret Gelande, who's just happy he noticed her, and can't seem to get her off his mind.

"I would've really felt bad if something would've happened to something that sweet and that cute. In 5 days, if the dog doesn't have a home, it will, ‘cause I'm taking it home."

The shelter's policy is to hold strays for 6 days.  They think this puppy is a Jack Russell / Beagle mix and her initial health tests look good.  If Gelande passes a background check and the puppy passes a behavior test, the two could end up together.

Gelande says from now on, they'll be keeping the gates to the dumpster closed and locked.

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