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Officials: Dog Found In Garbage Can After Owner Moves To Texas

NEW STANTON (KDKA) – The Humane Society of Westmoreland County is currently caring for a dog that was left in a garbage can by its owner, who then allegedly moved out of state.

According to officials, the dog was found in a garbage can in the 100-block of Yellow Pine Lane in New Stanton Thursday morning.

A sanitation worker, Nathan Binnis of Somerset County, took the lid off of the can and saw the 5-year-old dog. He took the dog out of the can, fed it his lunch and called the Humane Society.

"The garbage company called us," said Jan Dillon, of the Humane Society. "They were dumping garbage and they noticed one of the bags moved."

The dog was extremely malnourished – weighing just 17 pounds. It is supposed to weigh about 50 pounds.

(Photo Credit: Ken Murray/KDKA)

The dog may have been in the bag in the can for six days. The animal's survival is incredible because she was in late-stage starvation. But there is good news.

"With some good care, she'll be going home with a vet tech; things will look good for her," said Dillon.

The dog had a microchip, so the owner has been identified. However, she allegedly moved to Texas.

The chip identifies the primary owner as Nicole Baker. She lived in the trailer were the dog was discovered in the garbage can. The secondary owner is identified as Brittney Booker. She lives next door. Baker allegedly moved out Monday.

KDKA's Ross Guidotti knocked on Booker's residence. There was someone home; however, they didn't answer the door.

The Humane Society is hoping to talk to both Baker and Booker as the investigation continues.

If you would like to help the dog, visit the Humane Society's website here:

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