A newborn pup is recovering after nearly being beaten to death and abandoned in a dumpster. (Warning: The photos below are graphic.)
The dog was found in a dumpster in Missouri and placed in the custody of Midwest Animal ResQ, WDAF reported. The shelter is offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of whomever was taking care of the animal.
Midwest Animal ResQ named the dog, whom they believe to be 1 year old, Iris. When Iris was found, she was unable to stand on her own. The shelter took to Facebook on Oct. 27 to share a photo of the pup and some words:
We are so incredibly grateful for our partnership with City of Raytown! When this poor girl came into animal control they jumped into quick action to assure she begins down the path of healing as quickly as possible. It's only going to get better from here sweetheart!
This dog was found in a dumpster, if you have any information please contact us! Reward provided for information leading to conviction of the person who threw her away.
We could really use help in funding her care, please donate, every dollar helps!!
The shelter told WDAF Iris has "a whole list of health concerns," including mange, blood loss, skin infections and open wounds on her body. In fact, the pup's wounds were so bad that the shelter could not immediately identify what breed she was.
More than $1,400 has been collected in donations to help cover medical costs for the dog. The shelter has been providing updates on Iris through their Facebook page.
"Her red blood cell count is still very low, and her infections are not under control yet," the shelter wrote on Facebook on Oct. 30. "She is taking treats like a champ, and curled up in my lap for a cuddle. She will be in the hospital all week, and received another blood transfusion today. A $5000 reward is being offered for information leading to charges in this case."
"She's very sweet, super calm, very loving, likes to lay her head in your hand," Kim, the woman who will be adopting Iris, told WDAF. "She's pretty clammed up still."
"To get her into the condition she is in now, it took months," added Midwest Animal ResQ President Erin Morse.
Employees of local shops near the location Iris was found said she is now the second dog to be abandoned in a dumpster in the area.