San Francisco animal authorities are trying to figure out how an injured 10-week-old puppy ended up in a Recology truck and inadvertently tossed at the city's dump among a heap of garbage.
According to Deb Campbell, spokeswoman for the city's Animal Care & Control, the puppy, an apricot poodle named Gem, had been unloaded from a collection truck with mounds of trash; Recology workers found the dog on the conveyer belt with bottles, cans, and other recyclables.
The pup was conscious and alert, but badly injured.
"Gem has what appear to be numerous bite marks around her neck, head and ears, lameness in her hind legs, and discharge from her eyes and ears," Campbell says. "Veterinary staff believes she sustained most of her injuries before ending up at the recycling center."
Animal Control officers are hoping to find out who Gem belongs to, how she ended up on a Recology truck, and whether any individual is responsible for her condition. Anyone with information is asked to call Animal Care & Control at 554-9400.