When rescuers got a call about a crying puppy left in a dumpster in Long Beach over the weekend, they thought it was a simple case of abandonment.
“Bring her right over,” the volunteers at Sparky and the Gang Animal Rescue said, adding that they had everything they needed to nurse sick dogs back to health. The team had just treated a litter of puppies left inside a box covered in human feces, said Diana Kliche, an attorney who volunteers with another rescue group, Fix Long Beach.
But the little white dog found in the trash bin was a far more severe — and cruel — case than they anticipated, said Kliche, who named the dog Chloe. The 1-year-old Maltese-poodle-terrier mix smelled of urine and had visible bruises to the side of her head and a hind leg that had been broken in half.
On the way to the veterinarian’s office, Kliche thought several times the dog had died. She didn’t move, her tongue stuck out and her eyes were closed.
Her matted hair was covered with bits of rancid onions, spaghetti and ham. Kliche said she thinks someone beat the animal, tossed her in their kitchen trash can and then threw the bag in a dumpster behind apartments near the 1000 block of Walnut Avenue, a residential area.