Puppy rescued from trash in freezing temps

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An 8-week-old puppy has a second chance at life after being rescued from a garbage can in below-freezing temperatures.

On Monday night, a woman heard crying coming from inside a garbage can that was located not far from her home, according to the Kent County Health Department.

Foxy, the Chihuahua-mix puppy. (Feb. 11, 2014)
Foxy, the Chihuahua-mix puppy. (Feb. 11, 2014)

Inside the can, the woman found a cold, injured Chihuahua-mix puppy. She cared for the puppy — who has since been named Foxy — until she was able to contact Kent County Animal Control on Tuesday.

When Foxy arrived at the Kent County Animal Shelter, veterinarians immediately noticed that something was wrong with her left eye.

“It appears that she can see, but we could not tell how bad the damage to her eye was, and I knew it was something that needed a specialist’s attention,” said Dr. Laurie Wright, a veterinarian with the Kent County Animal Shelter.

Wright contacted Dr. Cassandra Bliss, an ophthalmologist with BluePearl Veterinary Partners, to check out Foxy’s eye.

Foxy, the Chihuahua-mix puppy. (Feb. 11, 2014)
Foxy, the Chihuahua-mix puppy. (Feb. 11, 2014)

Bliss said that while she hoped Foxy’s eye could be fixed, it may have to be removed.

“Foxy has a lot of great personality and love to share,” Bliss said in a release. “It appears she suffered from some type of trauma around her eye, though it could possibly be caused by a birth defect. My goal is to help her have as normal life as possible.”

Foxy will undergo an operation on her eye on Wednesday. As soon as she heals, she will be up for adoption at the Kent County Animal Shelter.

To adopt an animal who needs a loving home, go to http://www.icpawz.com.

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