PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A dog that was dumped in the Phoenix area has been rescued and is now receiving critical medical care and plenty of much-needed TLC.
Sanitation workers found the dog last Thursday at the City of Phoenix transfer station near 27th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.
"We were just kind of taken aback, you know?" said Adrian Valdez, a solid waste foreman with the City of Phoenix.
Valdez says the dog was found in a tunnel where sanitation trucks go to be loaded with garbage before being sent to the landfill.
Phoenix animal rescue "Home Fur Good" has taken the dog, now named "Oscar," into its care.
Oscar had to have emergency surgery to repair a broken leg and shattered pelvis.
"I can't imagine he would have lasted much longer," said Avery Crossman with Home Fur Good. "The vet told me today that some of his injuries look like they've been about a week old, so he could have been at that landfill for many days before they found him."
Home Fur Good has partnered with Two Pups Wellness Fund to cover the costs of his surgery and rehabilitation, but Oscar will still need extensive medical care.
If you would like to help, you can donate at two locations:
Home ‘Fur’ Good is a no-kill animal rescue organization whose mission is to eliminate the euthanasia of adoptable homeless cats and dogs in Maricopa County.
The shelter provides medical care and adoption placements, as well as promoting spay/neuter procedures and providing outreach education for pet owners.
The staff and volunteers give homeless animals a clean and comfortable place to sleep, nutritious food to eat, excellent medical care, daily exercise, and an overdose of love and affection.
Home Fur Good
10220 N. 32nd Street (just south of Shea Boulevard)
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.