Dog buried in rubbish until heroic binman’s rescue finds loving forever home

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An abandoned six-month-old puppy dumped in a skip full of rubbish has been re-homed thanks to a binman's heroic rescue.

Little Duke was found buried in household waste and desperately trying to climb to the surface for air in Columbus, Ohio.

Fortunately coming to the puppy's aid was refuse worker Dave Carlson as he emptied bins outside an apartment complex in the city.

Dave reported the upsetting discovery of a dog thrown out like rubbish to his supervisor, Logan Sieg who joined him at the bin and climbed inside to pull Duke to safety.

Logan told 10TV: "It's shocking seeing a dog in the dumpster. It was upsetting to see someone just throw it in there and get rid of it like that."

The Columbus Department of Public Service praised the pair's work, writing on Twitter: "Going Above & Beyond Service Last week one of our Division of Refuse operators Dave Carlson from our Georgesville Road station was servicing dumpsters in an apartment complex on the East Side and noticed a puppy in the dumpster struggling to get out from under the trash."

Dave and Logan's next step of action was to get in touch with the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

In a poster outlining the efforts went to by Dave and Logan, the city of Columbus wrote: "While waiting for Franklin County, the puppy was given water and peanut butter crackers and the opportunity to explore our station."

Duke, formerly known as Riley, was briefly housed at the shelter before being snapped up by a loving family within weeks.

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Franklin County Dog Shelter announced on Saturday that dog had been adopted and renamed Duke.

They wrote on Facebook: "We are happy to share with you that 6-month-old Riley has been adopted and is doing great in his forever home.

"Thank you to all who helped rescue Riley, to his adopters and to our community for their continued support. Together, we can make a BIG difference in the lives of those who cannot speak for themselves."

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