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Dog Found in Long Island Gas Station Dumpster

By Pei-Sze Cheng
|  Thursday, Dec 26, 2013  |  Updated 8:54 PM EDT
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The man was caught on surveillance video placing the dog in a West Islip dumpster. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

The man was caught on surveillance video placing the dog in a West Islip dumpster. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

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A 1-year-old dog officials think was thrown away in a plastic bag has been rescued from a commercial Dumpster on Long Island.

The Suffolk County SPCA says a man collecting empty cans and bottles discovered the small pooch in the trash at a gas station early Tuesday. Officials think the dog, a dachshund mix, chewed its way out of the bag.

"I just happened to look to the side and there was a face looking at me," Kevin Zabawski told NBC 4 New York. "There was this dog in there, and I thought 'Who the heck would leave an animal like that in the Dumpster?' It's way too much for me."

The female pup was wearing a pink leash and a pink collar. The dog was taken to a 24-hour animal hospital, where SPCA officers named her Noelle because she was discovered on Christmas Eve. 

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Officials say the animal had severely matted and dirty fur but was otherwise in good health. A spokesman for the SPCA said Noelle is a little shy and fearful but is getting better at the Islip Town Shelter and is expected to be offered for adoption at some point.

A gas station surveillance video taken nearly 24 hours before the dog was found shows a person carrying a plastic bag that appears to contain a box and placing it in the Dumpster. A $2,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. 

For Zabawski, as long as "the dog is alive and well, it's a good Christmas."

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