‘Dumpling the Dog’ adopted after being left in trash outside Maricopa County shelter

Dumpling thankfully found her forever home!
Dumpling thankfully found her forever home!(Maricopa County Animal Shelter)
Published: Mar. 2, 2023 at 1:35 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2023 at 3:16 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- It’s heartbreaking to hear, but early Thursday morning, a little pug was found abandoned in a trash bin just steps from the Maricopa County animal shelter.

The Maricopa County Animal Care & Control posted on Facebook that a west campus shelter employee found the dog in the bin right after someone placed her inside and walked away. At first, the employee thought someone was donating blankets but upon looking further, he noticed the pug inside. The unidentified person then reportedly ignored requests to come to the shelter during business hours, and instead yelled and drove away.

“Thankfully, she is happy, energetic, and eating well!” the shelter wrote on Facebook, naming the pug pup “Dumpling” and said she was available for adoption. Hours later, she found her forever home.

The shelter also wants to remind Arizonans that there is a multitude of resources to help with taking care of a pet. It’s also important to note that animal neglect and abandonment is a class 5 felony. “If you or someone you know are experiencing challenges, please work with us and we will do our best to share appropriate resources for people and animals in crisis,” MCACC added. For more information on pet surrenders in Maricopa County, click/tap here.