Update on puppy found behind dumpster in Oshkosh

By Millaine Wells, Local 5 News

Published 07/15 2014 05:31PM

Updated 07/15 2014 06:27PM


OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) - Oshkosh Police say they have found the man who left an injured puppy behind a dumpster at an Oshkosh truck stop on Thursday.

A tip through the internet lead police to the man  who they say works for a trucking company in Missouri.

He admitted to leaving the dog , who was found inside a black plastic bag. 

The department has not filed charges and continues to investigate.

The puppy , now named Hazel has a broken pelvis and cannot use her back legs.

She may have been born with the problems or suffered additional injuries when she was abandoned.

Now, Hazel continues to improve, thanks to the support of the community.

"It just amazes me that somebody could have done this to a two week old puppy. He could have brought it in here, he could have given it to anybody" says Dirk Binnema, Owner of the Planeview Travel Plaza, where the dog was left.

Binnema's family is hoping to adopt the dog that was left for dead by their dumpster.

"I am a big dog lover so I would love to take her home" he says.  

For now, Hazel is with a foster mom, Tawana Hanamann, who happens to be the Medical Coordinator for the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.

Hazel should still be nursing, so every three hours she is being bottle fed.

"I admire all you mothers out there, I do not know how you do it" Hanamann says with a laugh.  

But before Hazel can find a forever home, doctors need to figure out what is going on with her back legs.

They have very limited movement,

She went to a specialist on Tuesday, to find out what her options are.

"She does need a CT scan which is expensive, if she needs specific x-rays or therapy those are things that are very costly" explains Joni Geiger, The Executive Director for the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.

The cost could easily be $5,000 not including any treatment.

Community members are stepping up to foot the bill.

"It has been amazing, it just never ceases to surprise me how people rally" says Geiger.

But, Hazel is not the only pup needing special attention.

According to Geiger "Every single animal has a story. It is not just Hazel. They all generally have some sort of trauma or tragedy attached to them".

"Because of Hazel I hope people will think twice about letting them go. Bring them to a shelter if nothing else" Hanamann says.

To find out how to help Hazel and other dogs needing emergency care click here.

Donations made at the truck stop will be matched by the owners up to $1,500

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