UPDATED: 5-month-old puppy saved from garbage truck; Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control asking for public’s help to find out who put her in the trash

Pearl, a 5-month-old puppy, was found in the back of a garbage truck Feb. 22 after someone apparently threw her in their trash. (Courtesy of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control.)

Someone threw a live, 5-month-old puppy in the garbage, and her crying may have been the only thing that saved her.

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control now is asking for the public’s help to find the person or persons who did it.

They ask anyone with information about who may be involved to call Animal Care & Control at 427-1244 during normal work hours, or to call 449-3000 after 8 p.m. and on weekends.

The story now has a happy ending though: The puppy, who Animal Care & Control staff named Pearl, was adopted today after news reports about her ordeal.

Pearl was rescued by a garbage truck crew Feb. 22 after they heard her crying in the back of their truck, Animal Care & Control said in a news release.

The crew had just finished their route and was near the 2900 block of Reed Street when they heard the puppy and called Animal Care & Control, the news release said.

Animal Care & Control officers went to the scene and noticed Pearl appeared to be injured, the news release said. The puppy wasn’t wearing an ID tag and hadn’t been microchipped.

The officers took Pearl to Animal Care & Control’s shelter, 3020 Hillegas Road, where staff examined her and estimated her age at 5 months old. The puppy then was sent to Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital for X-rays.

Pearl suffered injuries to her face and head but will make a full recovery, the news release said.

Her profile on the Animal Care & Control website, https://www.cityoffortwayne.org/animal-care-and-control.html, described Pearl as a tan, pit bull terrier mix. She weighs 15 pounds now, but still has a lot of growing to do.

Animal Care & Control staff also describe her as a “sweet little lady” and that “I lo-o-ove to play!”

The person adopting Pearl will receive free, grant-funded training classes for her, the profile said.