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Puppy found abandoned in the trash at Naples apartment complex

Posted at 11:34 PM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 23:35:54-04

NAPLES, Fla -- A puppy was found abandoned in the trash at an apartment complex in Naples.

A community is pushing for answers and trying to find out who would do such a thing.

Neighbors said this is just plain evil.

“There is no such thing as throwing a dog in the trash, especially when’s it’s still alive,” said neighbor, Adriana Ortiz.

Ortiz is a dog owner and lives at Tuscan Isle apartments in Naples where a puppy was found behind recycling bins in a box on the ground.

“It really makes me feel sad because I don’t understand how you can do this to an animal,” Ortiz said.

The apartment complex said one of their employees found the puppy Wednesday morning.

They said the golden retriever was weak, malnourished and just a couple weeks old.

First, they went to a pet store down the road to get supplies to help the puppy.

Then, they took the puppy to the Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida.

Employees said it was a dire situation so they dropped hundreds of dollars to try to save the puppy's life.

However, later that night, veterinarians told them the puppy was in too bad of shape and had to be put down.

“There are always people out there who are willing to take care of them if you no longer can, there is always someone,” said Ortiz.

Six minutes from where the puppy was found in the trash is a Collier County animal shelter. Officials said there are no excuses and that should never be an option to get rid of a pet.

“Honestly, that’s just plain cruel to do that to an animal. If you can’t rehome a pet, bring them to the shelter. We are an open admission shelter so we are going to take any pet that you bring in,” said Daniel Christenbury, the public information coordinator for Collier County Domestic Animal Services.

Neighbors want to know who would have done this. Ortiz said it’s just not fair.

“An animal is definitely like a human, it’s a precious life,” Ortiz said. “I work at a doctor’s office. There is just no excuse to help this life there is no exception for it.”

A GoFundMe page is set up to help cover the medical bills for the puppy.
The rest of the money will be donated to the humane society.