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A dog named Buck has been adopted by an NYPD officer after being found in a garbage chute in the Bronx last year
Buck was found when the building's trash compactor was being cleaned; the NYPD just announced the adoption this week, saying he's doing well
Police are still looking for the person who threw Buck down the trash chute, though; anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-577-TIPS
An NYPD officer has given a dog heartlessly thrown down a garbage chute in the Bronx a new leash on life.
The pup, named Buck, was discovered in the trash chute at Richman Plaza on a Saturday morning in December. A worker was cleaning out the compactor when he noticed the dog, alive, in the trash and called police, authorities said.
His ribs were sticking out when he was found and he appeared to be just a puppy. Fortunately, thanks to the rescue and treatment since, Buck is now doing well -- and has been adopted by a member of the NYPD, the department said.
The NYPD tweeted a photo of a clearly content Buck resting drowsily on a couch in his new home, his paw stretched lazily over a blanket.
Cops still haven't found the person or people who threw Buck out with the garbage, though. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.