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Dog gets second chance at life after thrown away like trash in Plant City dumpster

Posted at 2:52 PM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 17:39:57-05

LAKELAND, Fla. — It's a hard story for any animal lover to hear: someone threw out a dog like trash, leaving him in the dumpster to die.

Now Chance has a second shot at a happier life.

“Chance was found last week last Tuesday in the dumpster in Plant City,” Belinda Reynolds says it breaks her heart to see a dog treated like a throw-away item.

Chance had matted fur, was starving and on the brink of death when a Plant City mall employee found him outside in the dumpster.

“He had a temperature of 107° which is incredibly high for a dog,” Reynolds told ABC Action News, having a temp that high could kill the animal.

But that wasn’t all, Chance had been eating from the dumpster which made him even sicker.

“He had a bout of pancreatitis from being in the dumpster and just eating whatever he could to survive,” she said.

Chance, now named after his second chance at life is now in the care of SPCA Florida in Lakeland.

“I think it’s absolutely horrific and how could you do that?” Reynolds asked.

SPCA says there are dozens of ways to surrender your pets without penalty.

Dropping off the pets at a local shelter or animal hospital are just a couple suggestions.

Throwing your dog away in a dumpster, is not an option.

For days, chance was on an IV and medications fighting to survive.

SPCA says they’re not sure how long he was left in the dumpster but that he’s already on the rebound.

Chance has already gained a few pounds and will be ready for adoption in a few weeks.

And the best news yet, Reynolds says his outlook on life is fully recovered.

“He seems like nothing ever happened and the world loves him and he’s good to go,” she said.

If you’d like to aid in Chance’s recovery feel free to donate here.