Wednesday, 17 September 2014 12:00

Dumpster Dog Ready for Adoption, Chihuahua Discovered in Trash Container

THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 – A dog that was discovered inside a Dumpster in the city of Jurupa Valley is now available for adoption.

A resident at a mobile home park in the 6000 block of Mission Boulevard in Jurupa Valley’s Rubidoux area discovered the dog inside a Dumpster on Saturday, Sept. 13. She told the manager, who then called Riverside County Animal Services.

Officer Tiffany Fuller retrieved the dog from a Dumpster on Saturday morning. The dog was slightly overheated, but otherwise his health was OK. A collar around Chihuahua had the phrase, “I love My Dog.” Although shy at first, he has warmed up to all the shelter employees, who have since nicknamed him Oscar.

An owner of the 3-year-old Chihuahua mix never came forward, so today marks the first day the sweet boy is available for adoption.

Also, Riverside County Animal Services received three separate donations after a news release about the dumped dog was sent out to the media. The Animal Solutions Konnection (ASK) Foundation, and Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione, whose district includes Jurupa Valley, contributed $500 each in reward money. The reward money is for any information that leads to an arrest and successful prosecution of the person who was responsible for abandoning the dog inside the Dumpster.

The Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team (START Rescue), a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that has saved thousands of animals from Riverside County’s main shelter, offered an additional $1,000 in reward money.

Riverside County Animal Services did receive some tips after the story was broadcast on local news stations and published in several print and online news sources. The department is still accepting tips via its general e-mail address:

Meanwhile, the shelter is poring over some of the requests from would-be adopters. The e-mail can be used for interested adopters – or simply visit the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter, located at 6851 Van Buren Blvd. in Jurupa Valley. The shelter employees will be screening adopters to make sure Oscar goes to the best home possible.


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